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It has been said that a good definition of insanity is repeating the same actions over and over, and each time expecting a different result. Leaving aside, even, the self-evident primacy of national interest over hand-wringing humanitarianism when it comes to matters of war and security, why is it then that repeated failures of the efforts to export democracy to polities that have no tradition of wide sharing of power fail to stem the tide of more calls to more such interventions from both liberal and neoconservative hawks?

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