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Arming Civil Society Worldwide: Getting democracy to work in the emergent American Empire?


Arming Civil Society Worldwide
Constitutions as guarantors of democracy
Second Amendment to the US Constitution
Armed citizens in other democratic countries
Exporting American-style democracy
Arming citizens to stabilize democracies in the American empire
Complementarity of US foreign and arms trade policies in support of democracy
Vital role of the gun lobby in democratic societies
From "one man, one vote" to "one gun, one vote"
Democratic demonstrations
Bearing arms publicly and in democratic gatherings

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This exploration is concerned with the conditions required for comprehension and uptake of American-style democracy worldwide as a basis for the viability of the emergent American empire. The focus is on a unique feature of the American Constitution which ensures that citizens have the right to bear arms. Given the recognition by Americans in general, and especially by the current government of the United States of America, that the system of democracy in America is one of the best, if not the best, in the world, this feature calls for careful attention. This is especially the case in the light of the new security strategy that envisages the establishment of what is now widely acknowledged to be an American empire worldwide [more].

This preliminary investigation is a contribution towards a more formal study of the systemic need for armed citizens for American-style democracy to work effectively.