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Marco Franco

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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 30 2013: Democracy is the most difficult principle of government, requiring a high level of understanding and commitment by the citizens. Trying to impose this on nations that are not prepared for it lends itself to abuse and failure. Yet we have examples where a democratic form of government was imposed by force and became a success. The prime example is Japan after WWII. Japan had zero experience with democracy, yet the transition from autocratic rule to democracy went well and has clearly been a success. Germany after WWII is another example. Of course Japan and Germany were extraordinary nations in desperate situations, and their high level of education, their sense of social order and their readiness to change made it work. But this combination rarely exists.

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