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An Analysis of Political Elitism It is easy to believe that the middle-class working individual whether he or she be white collar or blue collar wields little political power except for during an election It is also easy to think that we dont have true democracy political representation elected by the people for the people and controlled by these people This is an ideology that is often worn out Instead these elected representatives are controlled by political lites high-ranking political gladiators the media lobbyists and though it may not seem evident big business It is in essence commonly believed by most Some reasons why political lites at times dominate government and who these groups are will be examined in this essay Also there will be an analysis of those who were political lites in Canada over the past centuries Also some new discoveries may be turned up that help us have a better understanding of this elitism Finally we will discuss if interest groups and minorities have real political power or perhaps they are just given token compensation Hopefully by the end of this essay there will be a better understanding of who really has political power in Canada Though this paper is an analysis of elitism we must also dissect the concept of democracy Needless to say without democracy in a political system elitism would not exist Democracy was a concept developed by the Greeks and the Romans during the classical period It comes from the Greek word demos which means the people and kratien which means to rule In essence democracy is a nations people rule themselves through elected representatives Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia reminds us of an important point though Though the words democracy and republic are used together universally they are definitely not the same thing For instance Canada is defined as a constitutional monarchy It is not a republic yet we use a democratic system Another is China
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