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9143: Re: 9111 No replies to Poincy?? Dorce replies (fwd)
<< Poincy writes about the necessity of a strong dictatorial
system "with good will" as the only solution to deal with the
"self-destructive" mentality of the Haitian people.
Since there has been no replies, does that mean that everyone agrees
with Poincy? ...with his diagnosis? ... with his remedy?>>
Sorry this is so late, but I did want to respond. I have found myself
talking like Poincy when I have felt especially frustrated with the
agonizingly slow transition to a democratic system of government. I have
even said it aloud to the consternation of many who have lived through a less
than benevolent dictatorship. When I read Poincy this time, it occurred to
me that it was a lazy solution to a difficult and complex problem. Democracy
is very messy and cumbersome. To get so many people to decide on a course of
action for an entire country is so hard, especially when they have been used
to following orders and not reaching consensus. Consensus building is a
learned behavior. It takes time to go from "might makes right", and
"win/lose" to "win/win". The brute way is easier, faster and a quick fix.
But it won't make the transition to democracy any easier or faster.