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The Literary Groong - 01/03/2004

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	WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?

	By Ara Baliozian


	Democracy could also be defined as 
	ceaseless resistance to fascism. 
	Because fascism, in addition to being a constant temptation, 
	is also easy. What's hard is recognizing its signs and symptoms, 
	such as: censorship in the name 
	of some noble-sounding abstraction; 
	ascribing one's failures on foreign powers (xenophobia); 
	exaggerating one's tribal or national uniqueness 
	or superiority by re-writing history. 


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Ara Baliozian was born in Athens, Greece and received his education
in Venice, Italy. He lives in Ontario, Canada and writes in
Armenian and English and has published over 20 books of his
works. He has translated works from Armenian writers, such as
Grigor Zohrab, Zabel Yessayan, and Kostan Zarian into English.

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