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huaqiao Post time: 2017-11-6 18:47
If you have made it clearer, that would avoid this misunderstanding. Maybe my English is not so go ...
However, I see this not only happening in Philippines, but in other so called democratic developing countries as well. They remain the same because the democratic setting allows for too many opinions that would cloud out good policies due to squabbles and selfish interests.
I agree that western democracy is not ideal model to go from undeveloped country to developed country, and especially not if you want to do it fast.
But I believe that the source for western criticism is not about political models, but lack of good governance and related issues.
Singapore was mentioned on this forum, as an example of a country that does not follow western democracy but still runs very well. How much do westerners criticize Singapore? Very little, I believe.
That shows, that if a country can implement good governance, westerners do not really care whether the country is democratic or not. Western viewers care more about concrete problems, like corruption.
So if some undeveloped country wants to become developed, by all means ignore democracy, but that does not give permit to crush the civil society and ignore all laws if it has any to begin with.
China has had many problems with corruption and related matters, but being so secretive country, majority of westerners cannot discern how much of that is inherent propertiy of the political system and how much just unrelated issues that the political system fails to correct.