People for Politics

People for Politics - People for Politics 1. Socrates-...

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People for Politics 1. Socrates - Philosopher who wanted to sting the sluggish citizens of Athens out of complacency by raising questions about beliefs - was tried, convicted, and condemned to death by poison 2. Plato - believed democracy was bad because it puts political power into the hands of the ignorant - thought that from democracy, it was only a short step to despotism 3. Aristotle- Shared Plato’s skepticism of democracy - Aristotle’s classification of Regimes - said that governing power may be in the hands of one person, a few people, or many; and that the power may be used either for the good of the community or the good of the rulers - Polity 4. Niccolo Machiavelli- said that the greatest enemies of free government are complacent and self interested citizens - Maintained that a free government is a government ruled by laws, not of men. - like Aristotle, considered pure democracy a bad form of gov’t while regarding a mixed constitutional republic as the best form 5. James Harrington- advocated in Britain for regular and frequent elections and a
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