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By now you’ve probably heard of the mosquito species Aedes aegypti. If not, know that this is the species responsible for transmitting such viral diseases as Zika, dengue, chikungunya, West Nile and yellow fever.
Comparative democracy and electoral studies have shown that countries can achieve democratisation through elections, but only when the conditions are right, including sufficient institutional and electoral systems reform that allow multi-party democracy to prevail.
Western culture is deservedly exceptional. No other tradition has given the individual such security, freedom, and prosperity. The Athens-Jerusalem mixture of Christian humility (and guilt) and the classical Socratic introspection combined in the West to make it a particularly self-reflective and self-critical society, in a way completely untrue of other traditions.
For most of the twentieth century conventional wisdom has held that autocracies, rather than democracies, are best capable to marshal natural and national resources necessary to promote economic development, and that a certain level of economic development is necessary for democracy to take hold and flourish in a country.