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Taking Sides argument Issue 21 Democracy is Government by the people There are many different views on whether democracy is good or bad and if it works Robert Kagan and Robert Kaplan have opposed thoughts on democracy First off Robert Kagan supports the concepts of democracy He states that it has taken part in many countries like it never has before The conditions that are necessary for democracy are economics Another is literacy which is not just knowing how to read and write it goes beyond that You have to know all of the responsibilities in a democratic society Since America has tried to adopt democracy it helps governments military and economic expansion The people who want democracy to spread usually fight about idealistic and practical approaches do not work because the security of the United States is at risk by absolute governments Kagan concludes that Democracy is not the solution to the worlds problems but it is better than the other alternatives Kagan thinks that democracy is the only solution that the United States can support consistently Kaplan goes on to say that the spread of democracy during the last twenty years has been a good thing for the United States and the world Another view of the democracy is by Robert Kaplan He states that instead of putting all our focus on elections that we should put some attention towards promoting family planning environmental renewal road building and other projects to stabilize nations In Kaplans eyes what third world countries need is not democracy He goes on to say that democracy does not strengthen countries but it even weakens them Kaplan suggests that democracy is too hard for people to obtain and is actually not good for them to have Democracy that people encourage in poor parts of the world is a complete part of a change in new forms of authority Kaplan feels that democracy is at greater risk than ever
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