Friday, 5 July 2013

Democracy Fetish?

One often hears Western leaders speaking of democracy as the ideal form of government for less developed nations. But is it really?

It is almost like the White Man's Burden, this time in a political sense, all over again; assuming that what works for us should be encouraged, even forced, on others.

Is a democratically elected despot better for a people than a benign monarchy, or a just dictator (if that is not a contradiction in terms) where the rights of minorities are protected?

Here is a fascinating discussion on the current situation in Egypt. The real discussion, with Aurel Braun, begins at about the six-minute mark.
Democracy or freedom - the two are not necessarily synonymous. Interesting food for thought, I think.

Take Care

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