American democracy is, in many people's minds, the model for the rest of the world. Fareed Zakaria points out that the American form of democracy is one of the least democratic in use today. Members of the Supreme Court and the Federal Reserve, institutions that fundamentally shape our lives, are appointed, not elected. The Bill of Rights enumerates a set of privileges to which citizens are entitled, no matter what the majority says. By restricting our democracy, we enhance our freedom.
"Thought-provoking and timely." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Ned Schmidtke's fine reading is even-paced and clear and fits well with the material." ( AudioFile)
"A provocative critique of political trends fast democratizing the entire globe." ( Booklist)