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A democracy is a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving free elections that are periodically held The necessary moral and intellectual characteristics the citizens of a democracy must possess for the survival and the prosperity of such a form of government include respect for laws respect for rights respect for authority equal mental worth and opportunity for all citizens Some other scholars have argued another notion pertaining to the success of a democracy Those scholars have suggested the presence of certain economic conditions is necessary for a democracy to continue to exist and to flourish A democracy will go as far as the citizens of that democracy will take it Therefore the moral and intellectual characteristics that those citizens possess are pivotal Moral characteristics are those in which help the citizens set a standard of what is right and good for the country These include respect for laws rights and authority The citizens must respect the laws for many reasons mainly for fear of punishment that usually entails a loss of freedom The citizens must also have a respect for the rights they and others have This gives each citizen a sense of equality to one and other they all have the same rights under the law which allows freedom to be put into action Besides these characteristics the citizens of a democracy must have a respect for authority Those in authority are the ones protecting the laws and the rights of the citizens If the citizens value their freedom and liberty then they must respect the protectors of those freedoms and liberties Intellectual characteristics are necessary because the citizens ability for rational or intelligent thought adds to the prosperity of the democracy The citizens must be able to as Tocqueville states educate democracy to put if possible new life into its beliefs
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