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Arab Democracy Fiction or Reality Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time Sir Winston Churchill Democracy is wonderful What makes it wonderful in part anyway is that like all what we love or cherish it is rare fleeting or fragile Genuine democracy after all is not a natural condition of social life but a refined achievement of it--so clearly believed Locke Montesquieu and the American Founders after them Democracy is a form of government that has existed for many hundreds of years It is very interesting to differentiate between the theoretical definition of democracy which centers on a utopian reality and the actual real implementation of it in todays governments or as Alexander Hamilton said in a speech he gave in June 1788 urging ratification of the American Constitution in New York It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government Experience has proved that no position is more false than this The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government Their very character was tyranny their figure deformity But first a definition of democracy is required What is democracy and how and where did it first originate Demos Kratia or democracy as it is used in our current day means the peoples rule Democracy is a term that originated in ancient Greece to designate a government where the people share in directing the activities of the state as distinct from governments controlled by a single class select group or autocrat The definition of democracy has been expanded however to describe a concept that insists on the right
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