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The concept of democracy has evolved a lot throughout history One period when there were many new ideas about a democracy is the Enlightenment period Some important people who expressed these ideas are Thucydides Aristotle John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau In The Peloponnesian War Thucydides states that Our constitution is called a democracy because the power is in the hands not of a minority but of the whole people He means that instead of having one absolute ruler the government system is run by the people having everyone equal before the law He also describes that it is no of someones family status or class that they are put in a position but of that persons ability to hold the job Another person contributing to the ever changing concept of democracy is Aristotle In The Politics he describes the election of officers by the people which is something we still participate in to this day He also states that a man should not hold an office twice and for a certain period of time or at least not often Also he describes judges should be selected by the people also holding that position for a brief period of time Another man who had plenty of ideas of democracy was the Enlightenment thinker John Locke He believes all men were born with and should hold their natural rights them being life liberty and pursuit of property this is explained in The Second Treatise of Civil Government These natural rights were slightly changed and put into our Declaration of Independence later He believed that all men were equal and therefore should be treated equally This in many ways states how a system of democracy is run and kept running One more man contributing to the evolution of a democratic government is another Enlightenment thinker by the name of Jean-Jacques Rousseau In Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality he explains that no man should
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