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POLS 1000 FALL TERM ESSAY Farbod Kamali
Farbod Kamali POLS 1000 Glenn Goshulak Oct, 30/2018 Today’s Democracy has Gone too Far than it Was Expected Democracy is an ancient Greek word which means “rule by the people”. Democracy has been practicing since the 5th century before Christ in the ancient city of Athens where citizens could directly make decisions in an open Senate. “Democratic ideal is that all adult citizens should have an equal and effective voice in the decisions of the political communities to which they belong.” (Mintz, E., Croci,2019). Ancient Greek democracy is very different from today’s democracy which has the same base, but today democracy has been developed too much so it can respond to the democratic demand citizens of the society possess. Democracy which was practicing in the ancient city of Athens was called the direct democracy. Direct democracy is when the citizens of a society directly participate in governing their state. This form of democracy worked when citizens of ancient Athens (excluded female and slaves) met in an open assembly where they would make political decisions directly about their society. However, this direct democracy cannot work today, so it had to be generally associated developed. “The idea of citizens assembling to make government decisions became impractical as larger states developed. Thus, democracy in the modern era is being discussed with the concept of elected representatives of the citizenry” (Mintz, E., Croci,Pearson,2019). In all, Democracy is the closest governing system to perfect political ideal, but I believe today’s democracy has gone too far from its root because its not justly representing democracy’s definition: Rule by all of the people. 2
The philosophical definition of democracy which was introduced and discussed by Plato and Aristotle was meant to distribute the power equally to the mass of people so at the end of the day; poor and rich can fairly be treated so the society would be just. “Aristotle’s activity-oriented philosophy opens the way to a particularly dynamic form of democracy that can accommodate the reciprocal relation between institutions and citizens. For some scholars, democracy is best understood from the top down, which is to say, as a formal institutional and constitutional phenomenon emphasizes the rule of formal intuitional and constitutional phenomenon that emphasizes the rule of law, regime formation (and formalization), and regime change.”( Collins, Susan D,2005). Democracy is intended to “let people speak their minds and shape their own and their children’s futures.” (Economist,2014). However, in the modern era it seems democracy is not giving people equality, also not giving the decision making to a large mass of people but instead giving the power of decision making to minority wealthy top 1 percent who need the power of politics for their success.

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