. October 11, 2012 SouthAmerica: Robert Kaplan is on my list of favorite authors, and I enjoy reading all his books and articles. Author Robert Kaplan on his book âThe Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fateâ Charlie Rose interviews Author Robert Kaplan on October 10, 2012 http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12596 ***** Here is what I posted on the ET forum about Robert Kaplan http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&postid=1268171&highlight=Robert+Kaplan#post1268171 November 17, 2006 SouthAmerica: I know that Americans like to make the connection between democracy, a free market economy, and capitalism â and if you adopt this formula the result is economic growth and prosperity. But I have a problem with these simplistic generalizations, since there are too many variables affecting the economy of most countries. And when people inject religion to the mix, then the problem becomes almost impossible for people to even discuss it in an intelligent manner. But regarding the subject of democracy - Robert Kaplan wrote a very interesting article for âThe Atlantic Monthlyâ published in December 1997 âWas Democracy Just a Moment?â - that is very relevant today mainly when there is someone who has the crazy idea that he has to spread "Democracy" all over the world. I did read this article a number of times over the years, and I recommend that other people also read it. I hope you will get as much from this article as I did. âWas Democracy Just a Moment?â http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/12/was-democracy-just-a-moment/306022/ .