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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 21 2013: While I would not force democracy per se I would like to force and/or strongly encourage human rights. Countries that allow laws which violate agreed upon human rights should be stopped. If many of these injustices were happening in our own country we would scream out. But, because the rapes, and murders, and ethnic cleansings happen in other countries we tend to allow it. I believe this needs to be addressed more strongly and on a worldwide stage. Not by just a few countries. So if we learned that a country was allowing human rights violations then very strong sanctions should be put on them and in the worse cases the world governments could come together, remove the head of government and replace.

    Now, replaced with "what?" may be a big question. Democracy, Republics, Communism, socialism.... Tough call. Even a dictator has a place. The Roman empire had phases where they actually elected a dictator to get them through very turbulent times. Once elected he had the power to take care of the situation. Granted it was usually war with another country. But, the dictator had its place
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      Mar 22 2013: Just maybe if we had more politicians who could "THINK" outside the party box , which is controlled by big business , we might head towards a democratic system.
      But as long as our elected officials dance to the tune of that top 1% , well we will continue down the road whereby we have no power. The old saying " Government for the people by the people", nolonger stands.

      Now it is " government "bought by big business for big business.
    • Mar 22 2013: Thank You Leo,
      But don't you think democracy is a human right?
      What if people vote for a dictator, should that even be acceptable? Should we exclude automatically that kind of politics, or is it reasonable to elect him.
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        Mar 22 2013: That depends on how you are using democracy. I believe human rights should trump democracy.

        Now as to the form of government.... even in the United States we do not have a democracy. We have a republic. Now, that republic practices democratic ideals but it is not a TRUE democracy. But this can get into serious political theory etc.....

        Take the recent election of the pope. That uses democratic methods whereas the cardinals elect the pope, but once elected then he has the power and outranks the cardinals. Similar methods were used by the Romans to elect the dictators they needed.

        And while I believe democratic principles have their place I also see where other forms have some merit. Republics hold true democracy in check from devolving into anarchy, even china has voting and a semblance of democratic ideas (granted they seem to be superficial) But, then again they have over 1 billion people, a population problem etc...

        So I guess my main point is that if the people have the basic human rights as defined by the united nations then perhaps we can let them govern themselves.

        Now, don't take that as me being soft. I also believe that if a culture cannot change its ways and give those rights to its people (ALL its people) then forceful action may be required.
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        Mar 26 2013: Anything can be declared a human right. Whatever you can claim and defend is your right. In societies that claim to have human rights, they are declared and defended by democracy. If you declare democracy a human right, how are you going to defend it?
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        Mar 26 2013: Re: "What if people vote for a dictator, should that even be acceptable? Should we exclude automatically that kind of politics, or is it reasonable to elect him."

        Who is "we" in your questions? As you think of it, you will realize that your questions are circular and have no answer.

        There is no "we the people" and "them the people". It's just "we". Should we allow ourselves to vote for a dictator? Certainly, not. But who is there to enforce?

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