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

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.

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