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July 04, 2005


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In the aptly named chapter "Caliban's Kingdoms", Paul Johnson's "Modern Times" observes;

"The beneficiaries of decolonization were the professional vote-manipulators. Therein lay the seeds of the great deception. The professional politicions see the res publica in terms of votes, ordinary people in terms of justice. For the 'real' nation, democracy matters less than the rule of law: the first is the form, the second the substance. When the ex-colonial peoples received independence, they thought they were being given justice: all they got was the right to elect politicians."

It is at least ironic that the former colonizers have ended up as essentialy capitalist democracies while most of their former dependents followed the social engineering models of the dictatorships.

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