Democratic Failure

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A democratic failure is defined as an instance in which democratic consensus contradicts democratic principles which are based on classical liberalism. Once a democratic failure has occurred statesmen are needed to correct those failures, by overriding aspects of the democratic consensus.

On occasion foreign democratic failures require corrective interventions to resolve. This was often the case during the Cold War when democratic failures occurred, causing many second and third world nations to go communist. In many cases the CIA organized corrective interventions in these countries to resolve these failures.

The issues surrounding democratic failures and the tension between classical liberalism and democracy have been studied by such political philosophers as Leo Strauss and Carl Schmitt.

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