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  • One Representative For Every Thirty Thousand
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    America: The Pretense of Democracy The Aristotelian view of democracy showed democracy as a supreme state of being, promoting equality more than anything. It allowed every person to have as much say in a government as any other person, and yet still allowed individuality to reign. To follow this path of true democracy is to follow the path to a perfect country. Yet America, which prides itself on being a truly democratic nation, is filled with corruption and extortion, nothing like the Utopia Ar...
  • Political Decisions Through Direct Democracy
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    I'm Afraid of Americans Before one can answer the timeless question of what taxation policy should be implemented onto the American public, one must ask, what type of democratic policy should the US follow One approach, known as the Substantive Democracy, states that if policy is in the interest of the people than it shall be put into effect. Meaning that a small group of appointed elite would most likely make all-important decisions, such as the altering of taxation policies. This approach hard...
  • Madison's Definition Of Factions
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    The idea of democracy is both vague and is often over-simplified to mean majority rules. In theory, such a notion sounds both just and efficient. However, in practice, the concept of majority rules is much more complex and often difficult to implement. Modern-day versions of democracy, such as the one utilized in the United States, simply guarantees a person's right to voice his or her opinion in all matters involving the public. American democracy merely provides a forum for the expression of s...
  • Form Of Indirect Democracy
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    When studying democracy we need to look at it's history as well. Ancient Greece is given credit for inventing democracy. The Greeks were the first to break with the Asian tradition of totalitarian rule. A handful of Greed city-states gradually exchanged their totalitarian system for democratic governments. Many of today's democratic practices began in ancient Ahrens during the fight century BC. Athenian men discussed public issues and passed laws as members of the assembly. They elected official...
  • Favor Representative Democracy Over Direct Democracy
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    There is no difficulty in showing that the ideally best form of government is that in which the sovereignty, or supreme controlling power in the last resort, is vested in the entire aggregate of the community; every citizen not only having a voice in the exercise of that ultimate sovereignty, but being, at least occasionally, called on to take an active part in the government, by the personal discharge of some public function, local or general John Stuart Mill agreed that democracy was the form ...
  • Direct Democracy From Other Forms Of Government
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    Direct Democracy vs. Representative Democracy The term Democracy is derived from two Greek words, demos, meaning people, and, meaning rule. These two words form the word democracy which means rule by the people. Aristotle, and other ancient Greek political philosophers, used the phrase, 'the governors are to be the governed', or as we have come to know it, 'rule and be ruled in turn'. The two major types of democracy are Representative Democracy and Direct Democracy. Clearly the arguments for an...
  • Political Decisions By Majority Rule
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    Complete and true democracy is almost impossible to achieve, and has been the primary goal of many nations, beginning from ancient civilizations of Greece and Roman Empire, all the way to the government of the United States today. In any system, which claims to be democratic, a question of its legitimacy remains. A truly democratic political system has certain characteristics, which prove its legitimacy with their existence. One essential characteristic of a legitimate democracy is that it allow...
  • Believes In Communal Democracy
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    The Democratic Ideal Over one hundred years ago Alexis de Tocqueville expressed what would become the American standard when he observed "Americans were born equal without having to become so". This ideology is also known of as the "democratic wish": the participation of a united people pursuing a shared communal interest. In modern-day America people do not always believe that this ideal is upheld and some think it unrealistic. I will examine this perspective by focusing on thoughts of authorit...
  • Future Holds For A True Democracy
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    A conversion of our governmental system to an Athenian model would be not only foolish but potentially dangerous to the future of our country as well. It has been suggested that the representative form of government was chosen because of the logistical problems of counting votes in an era with no computers or FedEx. However, in doing research and listening to the biographies of several men present at the Philadelphia convention, it seems clear that the decision was reached with great thought and...
  • Participative Democracy And Citizens
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    Democracy In Ancient Athens Do you think that an ancient Athenian would have recognized the constitution of the U. K as a democracy? A Comparison of the British system today with the Athenian system then An Athenians perception of democracy is as follows, it meant the government of people as a whole. Athenians seen the basis of their state as liberty and a principal of that being to rule and to be ruled and that the majority must be supreme. The characteristics of Athenian democracy are: all cit...

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