In the early 1970s only 40 countries were democratic, today that has trebled. At this rate every country in the world will be democratic by 2100.
But is this realistic? And would this make the world a better place? In your country do you believe the achievement or maintenance of democracy is the most important objective?
Or are there more important issues? Or would you prefer a non democratic regime if it meant your more immediate concerns were addressed?
Despite the historic proliferation of democracy, it is often said that there are ‘challenges’ to it’s expansion. For example Islamic sharia law, the Chinese ‘People’s Democracy’, other styles of political development in Africa, and of course the misuse of democratic processes, for example in Zimbabwe.
Is the real ‘challenge’ simply the fact that western style democracy is not always suitable for non-western countries?
We should be airing this tomorrow (Friday)