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The thesis of this essay isHow inequality in our society is affecting democracy Social inequalities such as gender and racism have always existed in our society and were declining until about 10 years ago Also our standard of living seems to be declining because we arent economically equal We cannot be politically equal if we continue to have so many social and economic inequalitiesPolitical equality is the most important value of democratic theory it is the idea that we all have the capacity to make political and moral decisions and that we are equally qualified to rule Unfortunately not all people believe in political equality There are those people who call themselves elites taht believe that they alone have special qualities that ordinary people dont have such as divine right aristocratic blood or just racial superiority They argue that only certain people have required knowledge for governing They belive that if we were polyically equal then we would have an inferior government Plato argues that people are not equal in their capacity to govern but only those specially trained in the art of government should govern Socrates presented a parablethat no reasonable person would want to live with political eqality if they werent trained to governMany political theorists have pointed out a flaw in Platos reasoning is that he didnt distinguish between technical and political competence Plotics is more about what happens in the end rather than the technaicalities of how got there I think that some people do have more of a right to make political desicions on certain issues if they possess knowledge required to deal with the technical details It is easy for us to say what should be done but few of us can carry out what needs to be done In contrast to what i believe political equality assumes that people are more competent to judge what they want by their values instead of by someone who is
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