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Chapter 11: Domestic Policy
If one accepts the premise that tribalism is a human universal, then the incarceration of Japanese-Americans in World War II, the exclusion of Jews from universities and the professions in the 1920s and 1930s, the ruthless persecution of Mormons, the removal of Indian tribes, and the maintenance of a brutal, racial caste system in the pre-1960s South seem less remarkable than the eventual alleviation, reversal, or abandonment of all these social policies by the American political system. Looking, moreover, at the overall record of Western Europe during a comparable time period, it is not at all clear that despite its organizational singularities the American approach to democratic self-government suffers greatly by comparison.
American democracy ensures the public get their way, ...