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Realistic Expectations

   Notes from (another) golden age of getting-to-know-you 

Posted in China, Russia, US politics

I opened The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History from Antiquity to Today, by David Stasavage (Princeton, 2020), hoping to find insights on the prospects for democracy in Russia, and China. And so I did. I closed the book with a better understanding of American democracy as well. Along the way I encountered Lewis H, Morgan (1818-1881), a nineteenth-century railroad-lawyer-turned-social-theorist remarkable enough to have been cited by Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, and Sigmund Freud. Here I want to tell two stories, one about Decline and Rise, the other about recent developments from which the book emerged. To be