Democracy, freedom & knowledge

Democracy must not be confused with political freedom generally, nor should it be equated with the staging of formal elections. Freedom generally, as opposed to anarchy, encompasses the rule of law, freedom of speech & of the press, the right to be given a hearing, a culture of discussion, civil society, and at least some elements of a property-owning market economy. It is indeed only when all these are substantially in place that the task of establishing democracy proper can begin.

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