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Democracy in the Middle East has to be front-loaded. You have to have elections first and then try and build democratic institutions. You are not going to have the dictators and clerics of the Middle East allow you to build up democratic institutions slowly. Reuel Marc Gerecht
Industrial America always wanted to have America characterized by strong institutions. Michael Barone
A people may be unprepared for good institutions; but to kindle a desire for them is a necessary part of the preparation. John Stuart Mill
Americans expect others to embrace democracy immediately when we as a nation didn’t. Amy L. Chua
If the terrorists were to explode even one suitcase-sized nuclear weapon in a Western city, democratic institutions might not survive. The security agencies in the Western democracies would be granted, or would simply seize, powers comparable to those of the Gestapo and the KGB…. I doubt that democratic institutions will be resilient enough to stand the strain. Richard Rorty
Democracy and freedom … are based on democratic institutions, the rule of law, and a civil society. None of these Arab states have any of these to any significant degree. Robert M. Gates
Perhaps the most consequential features that all versions of populism share is the weakening of liberal democratic institutions. Shannon K. O'Neil
The problem is never the populist’s imperfect capacity to represent the people’s will; rather, it’s always the institutions that somehow produced the wrong outcomes. So even if they look properly democratic, there must be something going on behind the scenes that allows corrupt elites to continue to betray the people. Conspiracy theories are thus not a curious addition to populist rhetoric; they are rooted in and emerge from the very logic of populism itself. Jan-Werner Müller
American life will not be transfomed by bullying. Michael Gerson