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Illiberal democracy?

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), May 29, 2014 at 12:14

Dr. Pipes

You wrote

I reply: Indeed, democracy is a flexible concept and recent developments have mostly been negative; think of the pseudo-democratic nature of the European Union. But I am not so much talking about a debased form of democracy as an evolution toward something civilized; I am not being technical about democracy but political about freedom and the rule of law

Well here is the problem the MB supporters in Egypt are saying that Morsi and the MB allowed women and the Copts and the Shia in Egypt to vote therefore the MB was using the major tool of democracy and that is free elections and this is what democracy is all about. So what is wrong with having an illiberal democracy?

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/53577/fareed-zakaria/the-rise-of-illiberal-democracy

After all it works in places like Singapore and China (so is China a real democracy? I doubt it very much)

And therefore what is wrong with the in-equality of men and women and the in-equality of religious minorities

This really means that the most Islam can offer is an illiberal democracy! Not real secular/liberal democracy

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Illiberal democracy is better than illiberal autocracy but worse than liberal democracy.

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