The Apotheosis of American Democracy
By James A. Montanye
This article appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of The Independent Review

Abstract

Democracy is America’s unofficial religion not only because of the nation’s unique traditions, but also because democratic impulses reflect our species’ biologically based propensity toward reciprocity, trust, and cooperation. Unfortunately, democracy also institutionalizes our flawed tendency to project cooperative scenarios onto situations where cooperation is inappropriate.



Other Independent Review articles by James A. Montanye
    Winter 2016   Does Altruism Exist? Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others
    Fall 2014   The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left
    Fall 2014   Ambition: A History from Vice to Virtue
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