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“Strong Democracy” indeed

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When I saw this Guardian piece about Saif al-Islam Gadhafi’s PhD thesis on global democratization from LSE, I thought David Held’s ‘Saif as tragic Shakespearean figure’ narrative came across as more than a little self-serving and naive. But that did not in any way prepare me for this profoundly unfortunate post from Benjamin Barber. I’m not sure what’s worse–a leading democratic theorist uncritically parroting the Huntingtonian “not ready for democracy” line, or his evident belief that serving on the board of Gadhafi’s charity organization but finally got around to resigning on February 22, 2011 is something to be proud of.

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