The fatal flaw in America’s democracy

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Author, philosopher Seán P. Twomey develops political theory in new book

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America is not a paragon of democracy in the modern world.

America is not as democratic as it claims to be.

As Seán P. Twomey describes in his new book, “Is America Ready for Democracy?: Independence is not Sovereignty,” America’s definition of democracy has fatal flaws. He believes that obedience to government does not justify anything. This conflicts with the oath required to be a U.S. citizen, which removes the role of an individual’s conscience when given a military command by the government.

“America is not a paragon of democracy in the modern world,” Twomey said. “Citizenship should not require mercenary services in a democracy. What I am offering instead isn’t pacifism, it isn’t disarmament, and it isn’t forbidding self-defense. It merely means that we bring the individual conscience back into the morality of war.”

Twomey is unique in that he may be one of the few people ever denied U.S. citizenship and re-granted his green card. This was because he refused to take the Oath of Allegience as written, believing that it contained language contradictory to true democracy. He is passionate in his commitment to these ideals.

In his book, Twomey takes these beliefs and expands upon classic political philosophers like John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau to find applications that are relevant in the modern age and break new ground.

For more information, visit "Is America Ready for Democracy?" at

Is America Ready for Democracy?: Independence is Not Sovereignty
By Seán P. Twomey
ISBN: 9781477269480
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse

About the author
Seán P. Twomey is a retired professor of philosophy and a political scientist who believes that nothing can be justified solely through obedience to government. He has written two books, the first titled “The Right to Birth?”.

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