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The Future of Freedom  (aired 9/29/2005)
In politics, the words Democracy and Freedom are often used interchangeably. But do elections insure liberty? Can too much democracy lead instead to confusion and chaos?

Democracy Unleashed, Part Two  (aired 6/16/2005)
President George W. Bush maintains that promoting freedom and democracy around the world is the focus of his presidency. He believes it is not only right, but it will also help to reduce terrorism. Today’s guest, a former Soviet political prisoner, agrees, particularly in the Middle East, but has some problems with what America is doing. While democracy has revolutionized many nations across the globe, is it the universal medicine for everyone? And are we doing it right in the Middle East?

Democracy Unleashed, Part One  (aired 6/9/2005)
President George W Bush maintains that promoting freedom and democracy around the world is the focus of his presidency. He believes it is not only right, but it will also help to reduce terrorism. Today’s guest, a former Soviet political prisoner, agrees, particularly in the Middle East, but has some problems with what America is doing. While democracy has revolutionized many nations across the globe, is it the universal medicine for everyone? And are we doing it right in the Middle East?

Direct Democracy or Mob Rule?   (aired 9/18/2003)
America’s founding fathers conceived of this nation as a republic, that is, governed by representatives and not directly by citizens, which they sometimes referred to quaintly as "the mob." In recent decades there has been an increase in direct democracy. Californians are now taking steps to recall a governor. Nevada may soon follow suit. Between 1975 and 2000 voter initiatives on state ballots more than tripled from 279 to 929. Does this kind of direct democracy - initiative, referendum and recall - undermine leadership or keep representatives responsive to the will of the people?

Too Much Democracy? Part I  (aired 4/24/2003)
In the rhetoric of diplomacy, Democracy and Freedom are often used interchangeably, but do elections insure liberty? In fact is there such a thing as too much democracy? Does Democratization mean Americanization? Those questions have never been more timely.


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