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Daily Poll: Can America Spread Democracy Through Force of Arms?

By May 15, 2006

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Does America have a responsibility to spread democracy around the world, even by force if necessary? Quite a few conservatives today seem to think so, but this hasn't been the normal view through American history. Indeed, Americas Founders appear to have rejected it outright and disagreed with the one model where it was tried: France.

 

Daily Poll: Can democracy be spread through force of arms and military conquest?

  1. Yes - if we get rid of evil dictatorships, we can install democratic regimes and make the world a safer place.
  2. Maybe in certain extreme circumstances, but not very often and it is not a course that should be pursued lightly.
  3. No - even when military force is necessary to eliminate a dictatorship, other factors are needed for the actual development of democracy. It can never be imposed.
  4. I don't know.
  5. I don't care.

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stevedoetsch(1)

Those taking the poll have taken for granted that the information provided by this site is accurate. I have found the information to be incomplete where it benefits the reporters bias.
“Founders appear to have rejected it [forced democracy] outright and disagreed with the one model where it was tried: France.”
In the time of the Founders that statement was true.
Today there is an example where democracy was successfully imposed on a people to whom it was a foreign way of life.
After WWII the US “forced” democracy (freedom) on Japan and it is now a thriving nation. (a little fact missed by those who can only support their opinions by suppressing information)

May 15, 2006 at 1:19 pm
Michael(2)

not to mention, thomas paine, the patron saint of skeptics, wrote his ‘Rights of Man’ in defense of the violent regime change in France, and Edmund Burke coined the word ‘terrorist’ to describe the barbarity he saw there

May 15, 2006 at 7:15 pm
Martin(3)

“No one loves armed missionaries…”
~Robespierre

September 10, 2006 at 8:38 pm
jorzef(4)

Sorry to bring a dead topic back to life, but given the debate about sending more troops to Afghanistan it seems apropriate.

Democracy in Japan is a mere venere on a system that is otherwise unchanged. Most politicians are the sons of politicians. In other words, their jobs, like the shoguns of the past, are heriditary. The Japanese would have accepted any system that was forced on them as long as they could maintain peace among themselves–that is their nature, just as Americans seem to be violent by nature and want to change anything that is not to their liking.

In Iraq, they have had 7,000 years of civilization and they still haven’t figured democracy out–do you think that one war will change things?

October 4, 2009 at 5:15 am
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