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Democracies are peaceful
Democracies are peaceful.
Normative orientations and structural barriers anchored in the republican system of separation of powers and in the democratic decision-making process explain the renunciation of violence by democracies. As soon as one democracy recognizes another as such, the security dilemma dissolves.
Empirically a democratic state never started war on another
Democratic states do there best to stay peaceful, as that puts less stress on the system in question.
"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.
Democracies are no more peaceful then any other government system that exist. A majority militaristic people voting on who there next target will be is also democratic.
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.
Democracies are demonstrably economic powerhouses, 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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