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Originally posted by Bluesma
I apologize beforehand if my question is naive, or just downright stupid,
but I am going to go ahead and zip up my flame suit here.
There is something that I have wondered for so long and it seems to be a question one is not allowed to ask- people just get offended and don't answer it.
But we have some people here with a cool head that might be able to just explain to me without losing it.
I have always wondered why the US speaks of wanting to set up, encourage, or somehow help other countries become Democracies.
And yet, America itself is not a Democracy, and it's fundamental values that it was set up on and that the Constitution protect were anti-democratic. Our founding fathers believed that it was more important to defend the minority from the majority, the individual against the collective, and NOT let the majority run things.
They believed that ends up with the least educated, the least disciplined, population in charge- which is bad for the nation as a whole.
So why do they want to push other nations to have it?????
edit on 25-9-2012 by Bluesma because: (no reason given)
And yet, America itself is not a Democracy
Our founding fathers believed that it was more important to defend the minority from the majority, the individual against the collective, and NOT let the majority run things.
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
I ask the same question myself. It would seem that by the actions of many ME nations, many don't actually want democracy. So why are we trying to bring it to them. Surely the best thing would be to leave these countries develop on their own, without interviewing and promoting a system the majority either do not want or are not ready for.
I wonder if it's less about spreading democracy, more about spreading our influence of power under the guise of democracy. how can we expect democracy in Afghanistan, when we have already installed the president and his corrupt brother.
Originally posted by dontreally
America's a liberal democracy.
What you probably mean by democracy, is the literal, socialist 'rule of the masses', which is pure unadulterated nonsense. Read F.A Hayek's 'the fatal conceit'.
Have you read the Federalist Papers? They tried to mix the two aspects. Ultimately, the Jeffersonian constitution sought to protect the rights of the individual over the collective, and indeed, really encouraged the particularism that has made American society so great.