Victoria Benner, in a review of Democracy Kills; What’s So Good About Having The Vote incorrectly sums up my argument that:-
Non-westerners ought to be content within a non-democratic regime, as their societies are too divisive and the problems they face too grave to accommodate electoral politics….. The core of Mr Hawksley’s argument, that democratisation has frequently taken on a reckless and ideological quality is an important point. This should not be confused however with a failure of democracy in itself. Unfortunately, his conflation of these two issues causes him to miss an opportunity to engage in a substantive discussion on how best to realize democracy’s potential for those that have not yet felt its benefits.
I wonder at what stage Ms Benner tossed the book aside in disgust, because on the very last page of the narrative I use a quote from Taiwan to make the final point:-
“Democracy is applicable to everyone. But you have to do it properly. We have created our democracy with our own hands and our own hard work and what we’ve done here counters the argument that democracy is not an Asian concept, that it is not applicable to Asians. We’ve proved that wrong. We cherish our democracy and it can be applied everywhere whatever the culture, race or religion.”