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Ms. Arundhati Roy has articulated a sane and penetrating view of today's world. I admire her courage to speak the truth as she sees it. Congratulations.

Razi Asghar

Gahanna, OH

Sep 29 2009 - 1:17pm

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The advantage of democracy, is that it allows for a smoother flow of reforms. They come in waves, as did the New Deal and the Reagan revolution, and do so primarily on a thirty-six-year pattern.

1752 Revolutionary vs. Loyalist
1788 Federalist vs. Jeffersonian
1824 Jacksonian vs. Whig
1860 Civil War Republican vs. Democrat
1896 Progresive Republican vs. Populist Democrat
1932 New Deal Democrat vs. Republican
1968 Southern Strategy Republican vs. Democrat
2004 Current time: typified by Dubya and Obama.

Compare to these unstable and bloody equivalents
1881 Russian narodnik reforms
1917 Communist Revolution
1953 Reforms at Stalin's death
1989 Perestroika breakup

What a difference, although all are thirty-six-year blocks of time. Within less politically developed societies, they are more erratic and do not function as well. In stagnant political systems, people suffer from the jerky flow of policy and reforms. Much suffering comes from that.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, PA

Sep 29 2009 - 10:45am

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