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Comment (June 9, 2004)

Rejoinder to Comment on "Iraq and the End of History"

Gregory Clark (Vice President, Akita International University)

I do not disagree whatsoever from Courtney's claim ( that democracy is in many ways an ideal system (though he later goes on to say that US democracy is not perfect).

All I say is that the social contract that produces this ideal democratic state is a temporary phase in the development of societies. As it disintegrates, societies have no choice but to turn to other instruments, including fundamentalist religions and other ideologies, to hold themselves together.

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