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By Matt Rosenberg, About.com GuideJanuary 24, 2008
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Geography? great. Propaganda? please save it. This is right up there with when you said Israel was one of the wonders of the modern world.
The map doesn’t seem like propaganda to me; unless you think the Nazis, Soviets, Japanese all had democracies.
The British Magna Carta in 1215, and the American Revolutionary War, only established very limited semi-democracy. For much of the 19th century, only American white male landowners could vote. U.S. women could not vote until 1920, and Britain only granted universal male suffrage in 1928. Virginia collected a “poll tax” as late as 1960 when the Supreme Court struck it down. Many conservative Americans today question the idea of universal suffrage. They say the U.S. Constitution only established a “Republic” and did not intend a “Democracy” where “have-nots” could vote themselves welfare benefits. Maybe that dichotomy is the origin of the names of the two political parties ? The most pure form of democracy is said to be at town meetigns in New England states and in Switzerland.
This map and others from this site are just western views of the world that pre-supposes that anything of significance had its origins/characteristics defined/etc in the western realm.
The western world is just about 500 years old or less. If this map was made 500 years ago, all these things would probably have been Chinese/Indian/Arabic. This will probably be the case again after another 100 years or so especially with reference to India/China.
Then of course, the comment would be: “This map and others from this site are just Indo/Sino views of the world ………”
Win Barber – Universal suffrage was introduced in Britain in 1918 – under the representation of the people act 1918, all men over 21 and all women over 30 could vote. The voting age was made the same for men and women in 1928.
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