The writer makes a fair point: “Are autocracy and democracy in a climactic ideological crusade to determine the destiny of mankind? For if that is the future, it is surely not America’s past.”
Marketing and public relations are surely products of American genius, but they have the downside of trivializing important ideas. Democracy has been trivialized to a slogan, a shallow excuse for thoughtless endeavors.
Because of democracy we elect presidents by mail, we jail or impoverish political dissidents, we even go to war. Because of democracy we don’t even notice that there is little democracy in our own country.
As antidote I offer the observation that democracy and tolerance have much in common. The correlation repays scrutiny.