If you only read one thing this week…

Theocracy or Democracy – by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
February 3, 2011, 11:50 am
Filed under: governance

BBC’s Radio 4 has a regular program called the Moral Maze where they look at one of the top moral dilemmas of the week in the news and debate it with leading thinkers on the topic.

This week they look at the events taking place in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East and ask,

“is democracy a morally unambiguous value? Should we always be on the sides of the masses regardless of the consequences to them and our national interests? Or is preserving life a greater moral imperative than promoting freedom – even if that means in the short term backing the stability of authoritarian rulers? Is democracy only ever the means to an end and should the only moral imperative for those in the West be to always safeguard our interests?”

This podcast will probably only be available for the next two weeks or so so catch it now – it’s thought provoking and raises many questions.


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