Tuesday, June 13, 2006

View of Democracy

Here's an interview by Jennie Rothenberg with Robert Kaplan about the stablisation of the city of Mosul, in Iraq. There's one vastly interesting quote of a quote (this is the interviewer):
Is it possible that some people are genuinely comfortable living under a hierarchical structure and really don't want democracy at all? One Sunni man you interviewed for this piece asked, "What good is voting if the Shiites and Kurds will vote, too?"
I find it fascinating that Rothenberg, despite her experience of political systems and current affairs and journalism in general, apparently finds it hard to conceive of someone preferring a hierarchical system to democracy. How did the West get from "everyone having a say in government sounds like a good idea" to an inability to comprehend any other form of society?


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