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Democracy is more a Utopian aspiration rather than a concrete description of any government A common understanding of democracy often applied to unworthy situations is simply that the masses will govern themselves This understanding was articulated by an Athenian statesman Pericles Our Constitution is named a democracy because it is in the hands not of the few but of the manyCummings Wise 1971 p20 This idea of democracy was extended through all of the arguments and testaments since its first recognition in Greece A realistic and attainable view of democracy has more to do with brotherhood than politics Once the realization that social issues cannot be kept from government then a full understanding of the purpose and execution of government will take place A democratic society was one in which the mass of the people played an active role rather than a passive role and in which the old traditions of deference and subordination had been replaced by a sense of equality among the people - the feeling that one man or even one person is as good as another or at least has an equal right to be respected and listened toArblaster 1994 p42Democracy was in its purest form during its early stage of evolution in ancient Greece Athens is a select example and the most stable long-lived and important culturally the most brilliant and creative of all the city-statesArblaster 1994 p14 Athens however did not believe all citizens to be equal The inherent flaw within this original democracy is the exemption of citizenship to women and slaves Only men who were born and lived in a city-state could be citizens The idea of self-governingArblaster 1994 p14 was right in theory but in actuality it was interpreted to exclude more than half of the population on basis of citizenship Athens was a direct democracy After much reformation all free men were allowed to participate in the assembly a lawmaking body These men participated
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