Everybody wants to live in a democracy. Right? Isn’t that why we fought the British? And isn’t that what the 2011 Arab Spring was all about? Like most Americans, this is what I had assumed, until I started gathering the thoughts of people in one of the world’s newest democracies: Mongolia.
This question of whether democracy is a universal human desire or a conceit of U.S. policy is, I think, a good one for my field, anthropology. It’s also a question that relates to the research of some of my colleagues at the Santa Fe Institute, who are interested in how complex societies and institutions have emerged in human history, co-evolving with human culture, biology, the environment and economic organization, for example.
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