HOW AMERICA CAN TEACH THE WORLD ABOUT CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY:
A BOOK REPORT FROM THE CLAREMONT INSTITUTE
FOR THE STUDY OF STATESMANSHIP & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
By Ken Masugi
Yet, we must remember that, while this small minority of the population poses a real danger, our ultimate victory depends on the outcome of the struggle to refute and erad- icate the political principles they espouse. The necessary conditions of freedom—e.g., a cessation of violence—should not be confused with the sufficient conditions of freedom. The majority of Iraqis, while rejoicing when their tyrannical rulers were deposed, have lived most—if not all—of their lives under despotic governments whose basis for rule was brute force. The sad reality is that many people of good will in the Middle East have no clear understanding of or experience with the principles of liberty and equality upon which the structure of limited, self-government--i.e., constitutional democracy--stands.
As part of its continuing efforts to respond to these challenges and promote the bless- ings of self-government around the world, the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy is proud to announce the release of a new book, From Bullets to Ballots, authored by John Zvesper. As we seek to help the people of Afghanistan and Iraq govern themselves by means of the right of the ballot rather than the might of the bullet, the lessons of From Bullets to Ballots could not be more timely or essential. While this book doubtless will inform many American readers, its primary audience is advocates of constitutional democracy in the developing democracies abroad.
A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, with a doctorate from Cambridge Univer- sity, John Zvesper was for many years Lecturer in Politics at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, and also taught at the University of London. He is author of the critically acclaimed Political Philosophy and Rhetoric: A Study of the Origins of America in Party Politics and Nature and Liberty. From Bullets to Ballots has gar- nered praise from American scholars such as Lance Banning, foreign academics, and human rights activists.
America has been able to determine its political future, with the towering exception of the Civil War, via elections whose results are respected—by the victors with restraint and by the losers with unquestioned deference to the decision of the people. The his- toric election of 1800, the first peaceful transition of power from one political party to its opposition, marked not only America's success on this question of principle, but also the standard for all democratic elections in the future.
We must pass on these enduring principles of American government, if the peaceful transition to just and free regimes is to successfully take place in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world. Zvesper's book explains how the early American republic did this, and how other nations might follow.
From Bullets to Ballots is available free of charge to citizens of emerging democratic regimes. It will soon be available in a downloadable PDF file at www.claremont.org. Please contact Matt Peterson or Penny McWhorter at (909) 621-6825 for more details.
Constitutional Democracy & Other Political Regimes
Government, Politics, & Political Culture
Bringing Constitutional Democracy to Iraq:
Problems & Difficulties
The Middle East & the Problem of Iraq
Page Two Page One
The Problem of Rogue States:
Iraq as a Case History
Islamism & Jihadism -- The Threat of Radical Islam
Page Three Page Two Page One
War & Peace in the Real World
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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.
Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization
Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies
U.S. National Security Strategy
The foregoing book report by Ken Masugi was originally published in the October 31, 2003, issue of Precepts, a publication
of the Claremont Institute for the Study of States- manship and Political Philosophy. The Claremont Institute, a Conservative political,
cultural, and educational organization in the U.S.A., describes its central purpose as the mission "to restore the principles of the
American Founding to their rightful, preemi- nent authority in our national life." Committed to American constitutionalism and
republicanism as well as representative democracy, the Institute's mission statement declares: "America's Founders endowed our
Republic with sound principles and a framework for governing that is unmatched in the history of mankind. The prosperity and
freedom of America can only be made secure if they are guided by a return to these basic principles as our country enters the 21st.
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