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Should we force democracy?

What I wanted to know is: do you think that democratic countries should force other countries to implement democracy? Don't you think that that is a flaw in the all idea of democracy?


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    Mar 25 2013: No, because democracy in unworkable on a global scale. It looks as though it should be workable on paper if everybody of every race was the same, but in practice with every human failing, regional diversity and culture, it can't work.

    What passes for democracy can only work on a local, regional scale where there is a common culture, where people are tangibly visible (not virtual) where one can put a face to a voice. On a regional scale it matters a great deal how someone's actions affect other individuals, or the community as a whole. On the global scale it doesn't matter one bit; we can say or do what we like with few or no consequences.

    If one culture forces their version of democracy on another culture, it will be doomed to fail. But still we find that happening globally for several stated reasons - but funnily enough, never the actual reason. The two main ones are the forcing of belief systems on other belief systems and the commandeering of valued natural resources by powerful 'democracies'. These reasons are nothing short of ulterior, and anything but democratic - and mostly to do with the gaining of power.

    Democracy is certainly flawed and can only have a chance of existing where endemic commonality exists.

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