Comment on James A. Montanye’s “Apotheosis of American Democracy”
By Xavier L. Simon
This article appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of The Independent Review


Before we characterize some acts of human cooperation and reciprocity as “harmful” and “flawed,” as James A. Montanye does in the summer 2006 issue of The Independent Review, we should make every effort to understand their role in the trial and error of social evolution. Social scientists who attempt to eliminate a society’s “flaws” before they can provide better substitutes run the risk of making matters worse.

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