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Democracy, Rights and Freedoms

What Are They? What Good Are They?


Dan Lyons

Democracy, rights and freedoms – we treat these words as sacred, but our society has changed, and the value of these concepts may be changing as well. This analysis of the logic of actions, freedoms, powers and rights examines the arrival of a new American – the «Kidult». Increasing traits of childishness and heedlessness, accompanied by advanced «technology for dummies», produce half-educated vandals such as Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh. Wide freedoms, coupled with technology’s «downhill» tendencies, can put society – and democracy – in danger. This conservative (but not right-wing) book suggests that democracy, rights and freedoms are not absolute goods, but should be valued by their likely results in our situation.