Demokrati som exportvara isåfall?

The historian Pieter Spierenburg has provocatively suggested that ‘democracy came too early to America’. In Europe, first the state disarmed the people and claimed monopoly on violence, then the people took over the apparatus of state. In America, the people took over the state before it had forced them to lay down their arms – which as the Second Amendment famously affirms, they reserve the right to keep and bear. In other words Americans, and especially Americans in the South and West, never fully signed to a social contract that would vest the government with a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. Ur Steven Pinker; The better Angels of our Nature (2011)


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