The Sept. 26 editorial “Trouble at the core” confused democracy and liberty. We should have learned from the results of elections in Gaza and Egypt that democracy without protections for individual rights can lead to oppression by a majority. James Madison understood this and argued in Federalist No. 10 that democracy was dangerous without this protection.

We can agree that, as The Post argued, “every human being has an inalienable right to live in freedom and dignity and that the United States is uniquely positioned to help other people achieve those rights.” But democracy alone will not achieve this. We should recommend that countries follow our example. We crafted and agreed to a Constitution before we elected a president, and even then we had to add a Bill of Rights to protect individual liberty.

Michael Maccoby, Washington