Why democracy won't work everywhere, yet


(system) #1

By Alexander Carpenter

Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria converses with Jon Stewart about Iraq. I posted this because they raise several good points about the problem with the current theory that spreading democracy in the Middle East is a good in itself.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4397

(George Tichy) #2

Considering that DEMOcracy doesn’t work in the US, I always wondered why do Americans want to impose it to other countries?

Note: a system in which the majority does not elect their leaders is NOT a DEMOcracy. Demos (Greek) = People.
The Electoral College is NOT a DEMOcracy, since it is open to all kinds of manipulations, redistricting, etc. Democracy only when the majority’s will is respected.

Therefore, the intent to “help” other countries to become a democracy is totally hypocritical. Example should start at home!


(Elaine Nelson) #3

Thomas Friedman’s recent column made it clear that no outside power can install democracy: it must be the people themselves. We, as a nation should have learned this long ago, but we continue to believe we can democratize any nation. Because we were successful in Gemany with the Marshall Plan is entirely different: they are a very homogeneous people and look to a leader. In the Middle East, with tribal fighting brothers it is a lost cause. Sadly, the Pentagon now plans on putting more “boots on the ground” but their entire philosophy is war power, NOT diplomacy and fighting at all costs. Gen. Dempsey is anxious for another military push.