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Why do not I believe that Western democracy system is good for all countries?   [Copy link] 中文

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I think that your topics have little to do with pros and cons of democracy.

It is not like western democracies were built overnight, or even decades - they are result of long evolution. Many European democracies were preceded by civil wars, and for example post WW2 Spain went to dictatorship for many years before moving to democracy.

In your example cases, where you assume that the respective countries attempted to turn into democracies overnight, that evolution has not even started.

Russia for example, is far from democracy - if anything, it is following the same pattern as Spain under Putin's leadership. It is quite likely that the real democratic developments in Russia will take place only after Putin is gone.

Also in Arab countries the stage is in the civil wars and conflicts that need to be solved.

In my opinion even in west, democracy has rarely helped to solve conflicts like that - democracy is not solution to solve conflicts, but to prevent them in future.

Perhaps that's what's failing in Arab world and elsewhere.

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But you still need to explain to yourself why the standard of living of even poor people in the democratic West is higher than that of even average people in non-democratic countries. Check 1. Per capita GDP. 2. GINI coefficients 3. Infant mortality rates for various countries in Wikipedia.
Standard of Living = Per capita CGP divided by GINI divided by Infant mortality.
My problem is simple: I just know better than everyone-else!

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This post was edited by Liononthehunt at 2017-11-1 13:11
Ted180 Post time: 2017-11-1 12:08
But you still need to explain to yourself why the standard of living of even poor people in the demo ...

The west has become sort of a homogeneous entity with so-called democracy being a universally accepted polity after hundreds of years of interactions among yourselves in political, economical, and military arenas. It doesn't necessarily mean democracy is the paragon of a perfect political option, a one-size-fit-all approach to all political and developmental reality.
Look at India, the largest democracy in the world, the Philippines that is exactly modeled after the US politically, and a bunch of countries in South America, where democracy fails spectacularly in governing the countries. The economical chaos, the social unrest, the cruel treatment of the underprivelleged all speak to the untoward consequences of being under the west's thumb and going for something the west extols.
The relatively high standard of living you appear to have been complacent about could hardly be attributed to the western democracy, and it won't stick forever.
Believe it or not, it's true.

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This post was edited by pnp at 2017-11-1 15:03

I don't believe in one size fits all!  Western style democracy does not work, and is not suitable for many countries; and those which have tried it have ended in dismal state.  
If China had gone down that same path, we won't be seeing the China of today, with the world's second largest economy, or the world's largest economy based on purchasing power parity, with rapidly rising income, exporting high tech stuff, and high speed trains and rail sytems, etc. the envy of many countries, both developed and developing!

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Democracy, When open and fair, is the least objectionable form of government.
For all of China's recent great achievements, it still lacks much of what makes Western society better. First and foremost is the right to disagree with Government decisions and to speak openly about it or about poor leadership. Bad leaders get voted out by the people and in this way it is like Darwin's theory of evolution. what does not work is weeded out and what does work stays in leadership longer. As decided by the people, all the people, not a select group with special privileges.  
A free press is a pillar of such freedom of speech. Pointing a spotlight at good and bad things and keeping politicians, companies and individuals as honest as any system can.
There are a great many differences but in communist China it seems it has less faith in its people to be able to make choices and discuss issues no matter the topic, in freedom.
True democratic nations allow this and via courts, enforce its legitimacy.

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