What we have also heard, too many times before, is the assumption that getting rid of an undemocratic government means that it will be replaced by a freer and better government.
History says otherwise. After Russia’s czars were replaced by the Communists, the government executed more people in a day than the czars had executed in half a century. It was much the same story in Cuba, when the Batista regime was replaced by Castro and in Iran when the Shah was replaced by the Ayatollahs.
It is not inevitable that bad regimes are replaced by worse regimes. But it has happened too often for us to blithely assume that overthrowing a dictator means a movement toward freedom and democracy.
Much as “democracy” is the ideal many Americans wish for the whole world, in its truest form, it is mob rule. Our Founders knew that. It’s why we have a representative Republic. What we were given was a government that allows for SELF-determination. I agree with Dr. Sowell, that is something that must be grown into. Gotta crawl before you can walk.
Thank you again, Dr. Sowell.