Wednesday, May 08, 2002

The Indian Example

Name one group of countries that came together in one state without flying off into a civil war.

As far as I know the only country that has managed this is Australia (prior conquests don't count by the way, neither do peaceful dissolutions). There may be others but it bodes ill for the EU.

Name any one democracy that has survived as a democracy without a majority of its voters speaking the same language.

If the Europhiles cared, they'd say India. But they don't really care about this question, whether because they think Europe is magically "different" or because they aren't bothered about democracy (grave fallacy that - that you're chums will always be on top) I really don't know. Anyway for any Europhile who is worried about the democracy question, here's some worrying news from India.


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