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America is a democratic nation The word democratic sets our government apart from the majority of the worlds nations Dictators control many countries which is unlike our wonderful democratic system so we should consider ourselves blessed Although we live in one of the fairest countries in the world there are still many issues that our political system brings about These flaws in our government can only be solved while being more altruistic initiating proportional representation and the power of context These three ideas point out the roots of the issues not only in our political system but also in our society such as racism misrepresentation misunderstandings and stereotypes just to list a few The three ideas presented by De Waal in The Ape and the Sushi Master Lani Guinier in Second Proms and Second Primaries The Limits of Majority Rule and Malcolm Galdwell in The Power of Context can all be implemented to improve the American democratic system but the place to start looking for the systems weakpoint is not necessarily apart of the system but in our society The American democratic process would greatly improve if the peoples personal opinions about race were not solely based on stereotypes but based on what a persons personality is like Also it would improve if there were equality in the voting process so that the under represented would have a fair chance of being equally represented in our governments Finally it would improve if everybody respected each other as human beings and only that where there would be no condescension based on social status and wealth De Waals views on altruism Guiniers ideas on proportional representation and Gladwells notion of he power of context all go to support a similar topic which is that the world is an imperfect place Our species moderates its selfishness with a healthy dose of fellow-feeling and kindness page 658 Frans De Waal This goes to support the fact that there
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