Understanding the Democracy Problem

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December 2, 2007

President Bush argued that toppling Saddam Hussein would enable democracy to take root in the Middle East. But that has not happened.

Anthropologist Robin Fox, of Rutgers University, says that democracy as a government system is unnatural. He tells Liane Hansen that much of the world, including Iraq, doesn't think in terms of democracy as we know it; instead, they focus on the clan and the family


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