Comments:Small British island gets first democratic election
Should small islands such as Sark be required to be a democracy?
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Do all countries have to be democracies? Liberty is about choice, and those choices aren't always the choices of the United States. In fact, wouldn't the requirement of all nations being democratic in fact be a bit despotic? -- Kv7 us (talk) 23:27, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
- What dos the USA have to do with this? The EU has their hands in this and yes all Nations should be democracies.--KDP3 (talk) 05:13, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
- And if you aren't a democracy, we'll go to war with you, TO BRING FREEDOM. Fephisto (talk) 12:58, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
- Really? If a country was to go to war to "free" Sark, they'd be going to war against Britain. That would be an international nightmare, any first world country going up against any first world country. Diplomacy is the best way to encourage democratic reform. Take the US tar-and-feathering people at the Boston Tea Party, to Canada's simply asking Britain if we could control our own affairs as an independent dominion. Diplomacy can get you far. -- Zanimum (talk) 15:15, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
Unique chance to experiment
And island such as Sark which is not particularly big should experiment with other forms of government, though there nothing wrong with it being a democracy. This would certainly be better than a feudal system. However Sark island has a unique chance, unlike many other countries in the world to implement other forms of government. It has the advantage of being able to experiment due to its size, any problems that occur could quickly be noticed and fixed by switching back to a democracy or possibly improving the form of government they adopted.
This is not a chance that should be considered lightly as if successful the island could act as a model for smaller or possibly even slightly bigger countries. Thus while a change from a feudal system to a democracy is admirable it would be wise of the island's officials, and more importantly its people to consider the possibilty of adopting different forms of government, initilally on a trial basis. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 14:40, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
- You're suggesting turning Sark into a giant social experiment? Fephisto (talk) 16:14, 14 December 2008 (UTC)
You offer an interesting idea . I absolutely agree with you, It could help create better democracies and farther the knowledge of political and social sciences for the best interests of mankind. --Z E U S0 (talk) 19:25, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
You all are thinking about this way too politically—the people of Sark aren't the experimental sort. They're an old-fashioned community, and they've held onto Feudalism for so long for a good reason (culturally, that is). Many are glad to see the change, but no one is interested in anything radical. Realize that motorized vehicles are illegal on Sark... Jade Knight (talk) 09:18, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
I think it's important to point out that all democracies out there have different rules and laws... the fact that motorized vehicles are illegal there i think it's nothing wrong. Take China for example, a lotta people use bikes to get around, which i think is a lot better than using cars. Yet people don't complain. Going from feudalism to a democracy is the first step to join our capitalist and selfish world... as long as they create good roots to a great democracy with great leaders i think it would be a big advancement to Sark's development. AlexDuarte (talk) 22:50, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
The US is pushing for democracy through diplomacy and force. In Iraq right now, force seems to be the answer. Is Britain shoving the idea of the Democratic Monarcy down anyone's throat right now? Is Myanmmar trying to convert Sark to a Military Dictatorship? Nations and alliances need to stay out of the affairs of other nations. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 188.8.131.52 (talk • contribs)