Democracy And Violence
In the movie The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, John Marini attempts to recreate conditions necessary for the emergence of a democratic regime. He does this by having a western cowboy setting, in a territory that has not yet become a state. It?s in a town called Shinbone where the ideas of democracy do not exist. In this lawless area the only way people can protect themselves and their possessions is with a gun. Government has no chance in this place without forcing the opposing side to listen and accept it. Death and injury have to occur to turn a place into a democracy. Force is also sometimse necessary to keep democracy in place, as shown in Walter Van Tilburg Clark?s book The Ox-Bow Incident. Both are examples illustrating that violence is sometimes necessary to establish and maintain a democracy.
The situation in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is there is a decision the people of Shinbone and the surrounding area have to make. Should they become a state or stay as an open range. The open range supporters are mainly big ranchers, bandits, and rustlers. The big ranchers need it
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