Think of this as Volume 17, Number 22 of the newsletter I have written weekly since March, 1997. Enjoy.
In most of the world, democracy usually fails as a direct result of tribalism. People divide up into tribes based on ethnicity, or religion, and vote exclusively along tribal lines.
The result is it doesn't matter what the issues are, or who the candidates are. The result is foreordained.
Tribalism allows enormous corruption to exist, because there's nothing to stop the leaders of the largest tribe from stealing. From the other tribe and from their fellow tribesmen.