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Whether or not to pressure a country to adopt democracy depend on the likely effect of exerting that pressure. In most cases exerting pressure to change the system of government only antagonizes the other country.

In most cases it makes more sense to focus on liberalism. Free speech, property rights and the rule of law seem to be better goals than pushing for elections.

Pushing for democratic elections in a country where political power is based on clans doesn't seem to be very useful. Afghanistan is an example that showed that introducing elections doesn't make the country democratic.

South Africa lost a decade of life expectancy after becoming a democracy. It's citizens needlessly died while they had an AIDS-denialist president.

While democracy is nice, I don't think it makes sense to push it on countries when it likely leads to the country being badly governed.
Just because 80% of Egyptians think homosexuality should be punishable by death that doesn't mean that we want an Egyptian government that listens to that demand from it's population. We want minority protection.
I want a government that's more democratic than the current one but we don't really want one that implements the sharia to the extend that the Egyptian public wants.






Free speech, property rights and the rule of law seem to be better goals than pushing for elections.

I want a government that's more democratic than the current one but we don't really want one that implements the sharia to the extend that the Egyptian public wants.

The problem with partial liberalization is that it generally results in unstable government. Once you give people free speech but no option of changing their rulers, it is usually only a question of time before they attempt a revolution. The “Arab spring” was caused in a large part by Mubarak and Asad juniors partial liberalization of their countries.

I wonder if the limited suffrage system that gives the vote only to the educated middle class might be a better solution.
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