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Democracy individualism and the public interest are very closely related Some of their models are even mutually exclusive In order to understand and analyze their relations and controversies we should examine the even nature of these notions Lets find out what the democracy is The word itself means rule by the people1 In other words people should govern the state Though the definition is so simple there are different theories and models of democracy In each model there are different roles for the individuals and the public interest The classical model of democracy or so-called direct democracy is the ancient classical form where all the people participated in the process of decision-making and as a result governing the state In this model the individual could express his own attitude and participate in the political life of the state Or another form of it is referendum If we accept the definition of individual as unique and independent then he or she could develop as an independent and unique entity in such a system But is the individual really independent in the classical model of democracy Does this mean that a real political individualism can develop in such a system if individualism means the primacy of the individual over any social group or collective Here it is linked to the notion of the public interest or what is good for the people But assuming that each individual is unique so he or she has his own moral attitude to the political life and social changes in the state then everybody has his own opinion which may differ from others And then the decision will be made by the majority of the people and there always be minority which will not be pleased with the decision of the others Then minority people would have to agree with this decision losing their opportunity to achieve their individual goals because the law of the
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