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Are democracies more peaceful than other political systems?
Democracies are more peaceful than other political systems.
Empirically, a democratic state never started war on another.
Democratic states do their best to stay peaceful, as that leads to a reduced chance of the system collapsing from either internal instability or external threats.
"Peaceful" is relative, and no non-democracies can claim to have a system any more peaceful. At worst, it is a wash.
The regime type of democracy has a moderating effect on a state's willingness to engage in war.
If citizens are peaceful or hostile, the actions of the country will follow suit. Peace is not granted by democracy. It merely allows the true nature of its citizens to actualize.
The populist tendencies of democracies allow for subjective determinations of "national security threats" and irrational assent for military intervention, as seen in the second Iraq invasion as a reaction to 9/11.
Because democracies are anchored in a deep belief of individual rights, they are fundamentally at odds with autocracies and will have a tendency to try to destroy them.
, giving them an unbalanced advantage in the funding of their military powers and leading to the coercion of opposing systems.
Well established democracies such as the United States fought in serveral wars in the last years.
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