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Volume 2  Number 3  •  Winter 1998
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Democracy and War
By Ted Galen Carpenter
This article appeared in the Winter 1998 issue of The Independent Review

In Power Kills: Democracy as a Method of Nonviolence, political scientist R.J. Rummel forcefully argues that democracies by nature are less warlike than non-democracies because they become adept at managing domestic conflict. Unfortunately, Rummel greatly overstates his case, ignoring numerous occasions when democracies have taken arms against each other and giving short shrift to “realist” strategic reasons for why they usually opt for peace.

Other Independent Review articles by Ted Galen Carpenter
    Summer 1998   Democracy and War: Rejoinder
    Fall 1997   Pay Any Price: Lyndon Johnson and The Wars for Vietnam