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Unformatted text preview: t indicated by the findings reported here--it would likely generate conflict, internationally, since democracies are more prone to initiate and become involved in interstate wars and militarized disputes. As noted earlier, the promise of egalitarianism, which is the true appeal of democracy, seems to involve a Hobson's choice for citizens of postcolonial states: equality with an increased likelihood of domestic instability or inequality with a decreased likelihood of international stability. DEMOCRACIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO START WARS Errol Henderson, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science at the University of Florida, 2002, DEMOCRACY AND WAR THE END OF AN ILLUSION?, P. 146 Are Democracies More Peaceful than Nondemocracies with Respect to Interstate Wars? The results indicate that democracies are more war-prone than non-democracies (whether democracy is coded dichotomously or continuously) and that democracies are more likely to initiate interstate wars. The findings are obtained from analyses that control for a host of political, economic, and cultural factors that have been implicated in the onset of interstate war, and focus explicitly on state level factors instead of simply inferring state level processes from dyadic level observations as was done in earlier studies (e.g., Oneal and Russett, 1997; Oneal and Ray, 1997). The results imply that democratic enlargement is more likely to increase the probability of war for states since democracies are more likely to become involved in--and to initiate--interstate wars. MAJORITY RULE IS UNJUST Henry David Thoreau. "Civil Disobedience: an essay," http://eserver.org/thoreau/civil.html (7/21/03), 1849. After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule, is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest. But a government in which the majority rule in all cas...
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