This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. This book sought to upend the claim that societies must behave antidemocratically in order to defend democracy. Societies can keep faith with democratic principle; to do so, they must steadfastly defend the rights of both democrats and antidemocrats. It argues that the aim of a democratic revolution should not be to destroy democracy's opponents, but to secure polyarchy—the imperfect political space in which groups can both peacefully pursue their political ambitions and actively contest the ambitions of others. This insight should also shape responses to opponents of self-government even after representative institutions have been established.
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