Hello, Prof. Marples,
Regarding your Journal piece, which I read in the latest Action Ukraine Report, I would not exactly agree that “order”, selected from the list “order, democracy, freedom, or liberalism”, is necessarily indicative of a desire for authoritarian rule. Given the historically perverted as well as recent negative connotations of demokratiia, and the relative unfamiliarity of Ukrainians with the social implications of the other two concepts, poriadok is a perfectly reasonable desire. The most successful slogan during the Orange Revolution was bandytam – tiurmu! That is what Ukrainians really want: the order that results from enforcement of the rule of law—which is in fact the hallmark of Western-style and Western-leaning democracy.
Northern Hunter-Gatherers Research Series (CCI Press)
Baikal Archaeology Project, Dept. of Anthropology
Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton