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Why does the Western world think democracy is a magical, catch all solution?

There seems to be this sort of prevalent attitude in the Western world that democracy is something of a catch all solution for all the world's political problems.

Now, lets just get this out of the way. This isn't some pro-autocracy/democracy is bad argument, I believe the system has many benefits. I'm not for one second disputing all the good its done in many countries. What I am claiming, is that there are situations where its not the right answer.

Take for example the recent revolution and election in Egypt. Dictator toppled, Muslim Brotherhood elected democratically, uses democratic tools to get rid of democracy, toppled by military. If it wasn't for the military, chances are Egypt would have been going down the road to being a theocracy right now.
The same happens whenever a country with a long standing tradition of politically active religious groups with a wide voting base. Any democratic election will lead to democracy being canceled in short order.

While I dislike using it as an example, it also can't be ignored that Hitler originally rose to power democratically. The same is true for many other dictators, of both religious and secular leanings. That's what happens when a democratic tradition simply isn't there.

Any transition to democracy, needs to be done carefully, and with the bare minimum force of arms. Its not something that can be rammed down people's throats, and there are simply situations where the political climate doesn't allow it work.

I'm trying to get some insight as to why the western world doesn't see that?


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    Sep 12 2013: The main reason Westernized nations are so gung ho about democracy is that they have been regaled by their governments from the day one is born about the virtues of democracy. In other words, whole populations have been indoctrinated with the message that their system of governance is, in fact, democracy in action and that, despite its obvious failings, it is still the best form of governance so far devised.

    Ironically, when similar messages regarding other forms of governance are disseminated by nations deemed un-democratic by the Western establishment those messages are, quite accurately, deemed to be propaganda and brainwashing. Then to put an even finer point on it the Westernized populations may well be regaled by local politicians that, while propaganda and brainwashing occurs "over there", it could never happen here because we are so "free" of such influences.

    I suspect that more than a few readers are chuckling to themselves by now :) simply because the idea that the "representative" system of democracy that is practiced in the vast majority of westernized nations is "real' democracy is quite laughable. Any student of the democratic system of governance can tell you that the "representative" system is but one variation of democracy and a very poor one at that. All but the most obtuse amongst us can see that the majority of elected "representatives" in the Westernized nations PRIMARILY represent whoever finances the politicians campaigns and/or whoever has seduced, manipulated, bribed or otherwise corrupted that politician

    Real Democracy is bottom up not top down. It is participatory and direct. It deems politicians to be a waste of time and money preferring managers and directors to head their agencies and who can easily be fired and replaced. Real democracy means those governed make the decisions not their employees. Conversely, when any form of governance is imposed upon a population it is, by nature, at serious risk of failing.
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      Sep 27 2013: While I find many of your arguments interesting and even compelling, you don't live here, do you? :) My family, like many families in the U.S., taught me to believe "from the day one is born" as you say, that my government is, at its core, trying to do the right thing by its people. HOWEVER, it needs to be closely watched and reminded by its citizens when something goes awry. There are virtues of democracy, but not every American is so naive to believe that our way is the only way for every person at every time in every situation.

      It's a little dangerous to group 300 million diverse Americans into one assumption about our beliefs about government. It would be no different than Americans making assumptions that every city in the Middle East is too dangerous to visit or every country that is Socialist must be Communist. These stereotypes most definitely do exist and are often perpetuated by our media. The thing is, we DO live in a democracy. So I can go to sites like TED or others to get the real picture from people who live day to day in these locations, learn something new, and use that knowledge to hold my government and media accountable.

      We're living in the information age now. There are no more excuses about information being withheld from us. The "victim of our government" mentality is no longer an obstacle. A number of writers here have indicated that this is why massive government protests here and in a few other countries haven't taken off. The newest generation of Americans entering adulthood has discovered it simply doesn't need permission to access the information it needs to do what it wants. It will be interesting to see if that turns out to be true.

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