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> Per definition -- when a country is not a democracy, it is controlled by a junta that steals lots of resources and control the information to the citizens.

Strange definition. That would make Singapore a democracy.




Singapore is weird, quite autocratic and not that corrupt. Maybe the city state should be seen as a corporation?

I can't give three more counter examples, can you?

(I might add -- the problem with kings are that even if the present one is a genius, you don't know how crazy the next one will be...)

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Your observation might be valid empirically without too many exceptions. (Thought there are corrupts democracies, too.) But it's rubbish as a definition.

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See it as (a very simplified model in) game theory: What is the interest of some game players, given their positions on the board?

Here is an interesting take:

http://reason.com/archives/2006/03/01/why-poor-countries-are...

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