Posted 29 May 2010 - 03:23 AM
A very interesting video by former Malaysian Prime Minister
I would appreciate to hear the views of others on this subject
Posted 31 May 2010 - 11:55 AM
Posted 31 May 2010 - 12:32 PM
ALL types of democracy promote free speech and voice their opinion.
Democracy comes from the Greek word Demos (People) and Kratos (Power)
There's many types of democracy, there's no such thing as "Western-style democracy."
The majority of countries are democratic.
United Kingdom - Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system (democratic)
Canada - Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system (democratic)
Japan - Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system (democratic)
Malaysia - Federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system (democratic)
Philippines - Unitary Republic
United States - Federal Republic
Tons more if I listed them all.
Probably 90% of the world would be under the democracy category.
Basically: Any country that holds elections, where the PEOPLE have the POWER to choose their leader is a democracy.
Democracy can work in all countries, it depends on which type and how they handle it. It's all up to the people.
Does democracy really work where you have many cultures with many vested interests?
Yes. I feel democracy works in multicultural countries. It all depends on the type of democracy. Maybe look at Switzerland for example, their form of government is a form of democracy. They don't have a president, or prime minister.
Switzerland has a a Federal Council that leads the country and ensures that all the people are represented in the government. Eliminating prejudice/biased if it was under one leader.
Does democracy work in nations where religion dominates daily life? Can it work?
Democracy can work, as long as the religion does not interfere with the matters of the state.
In democracy, the Church (or other religion) is separate from the State. The laws of democratic nation is not based upon a religion but rather for what is best for everyon for every religion. The Church (or other religion) cannot interfere with the affairs of the State. A State that is dictated by a religion is a corrupted democracy.
Edited by Mashimaro-san, 31 May 2010 - 12:47 PM.
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