Democracy Notes - Democracy Lecture 1 January 9, 2007 Pol...

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Democracy Lecture 1 January 9, 2007 Pol 1101
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Defining Democracy Check it out Type “define democracy” into Google http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/what sdem/whatdm2.htm
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Bush on Democracy: Nov. 2003 “Representative governments in the Middle East will reflect their own cultures. They will not, and should not, look like us. Democratic nations may be constitutional monarchies, federal republics, or parliamentary systems. And working democracies always need time to develop -- as did our own. We've taken a 200-year journey toward inclusion and justice -- and this makes us patient and understanding as other nations are at different stages of this journey.”
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“There are, however, essential principles common to every successful society, in every culture. Such societies limit the power of the state and the power of the military protect freedom with the consistent and impartial rule of law allow room for healthy civic institutions guarantee religious liberty -- the right to serve and honor God without fear of persecution privatize their economies, and secure the rights of property prohibit and punish official corruption, and invest in the health and education of their people recognize the rights of women appeal to the hopes of their own people”
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What is the contradiction here? “Democracy” is a word that we here all the time, especially from the lips of politicians. But there are questions: What does democracy mean? What is it that we are proposing others should adopt?
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Defining Democracy Democracy comes from two Greek words, demos (people) and kratos (rule) so it means rule of, or by, the people. In 5th century Greece, this was literally true.
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Athenian Democracy 30,000 full citizens could vote: adult males and Athenian by descent for several generations. Women, slaves and recent immigrants did not count. All Citizens had the right to attend the Assembly; to vote on all proposals coming before it; to address it themselves on any issue under discussion. They held these rights as equals, regardless of personal wealth, occupation, education level or position in society.
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Plato saw democracy as something that weakened value, decency and good judgment encouraged the foolish, the vicious and the brutal negated the possibility of living together with others in a successful community.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POL 1101 taught by Professor White during the Spring '07 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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