CHAPTER 16

The Other Side of Democracy

Looking at historical major changes in the political structure, while needing to use a broad brush, it can be seen how over time, countries were subject to major changes in their fortunes. From the advanced civilization of the ancient Egyptians where dynasties lasted for centuries to disappear apparently through administrative squabbling, certain lessons can be learned. The whole Inca civilization virtually disappeared and archeologists speculate on what happened to Angkor Watt before it became reclaimed by jungle.

In more recent times, it is possible to look at factors leading up to American, Russian, and French revolutions, which turned whole ­countries inside out to be eclipsed by Mao’s communist cementing ...

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