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If a country were choosing its government and I was the one who was to decide if we were to follow a democracy or an absolute ruler I would select a democracy Democracy is the only government where the people wont have their freedoms taken by one person and no one can abuse their power Democracy is more effective then absolutism in that power is separated in 3 branches this way of government is firmly believed in by Montesquieu Another positive from democracy is that people are given the right to free speech which was written about in many of Voltaires books Democracy and freedom are also taught in John Lockes book he believed in the nature of being free equal and independent Democracy is the way A French speaker named Montesquieu wrote a book called The Spirit of the Laws And in this book as seen in document 6 Montesquieu tells us that there can be no liberty in which the executive judicial and legislature branches are all controlled by one man The only way to have a well run civilization is one in which power is separated If you were to split power into 3 branches of equal power and importance then they may act as a check on each other This is also called checks and balances With this system of checks and balances it keeps one person or small group of persons from gaining power and driving a well-organized union into fragments Another French philosopher names Voltaire was a strong believer in free speech He said in one of his books as seen in document 5 that the best government is in which the laws equally protect all men He believed that no matter if you were right or wrong high-class or poor you should have the right to say anything you want Even if he disagreed with your opinion he would defend your right to say it He was eventually
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