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How Does Democracy Work?

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Democracy is a political system where the people elect their representatives to public office, effectively meaning that the people choose their own rulers. This is of course a very simplistic view but a basically correct one.

Abraham Lincoln defined what he believed was meant by democracy when in his Gettysburg address he defined it as a government "of the people, by the people, for the people".

The word democracy comes from the Greek words demos meaning people and kratos meaning rule. It was in Greece that the earliest form of democracy was observed. The Roman senate was also a form of Democracy. The oldest surviving democracy today is the United States where as India with his immense population is the biggest. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, democratic Russia is the biggest democratic country in terms of area.

Democratic society however does not necessarily ensure a perfect system; it is instead safer to assume it the lesser evil. In modern times it is democratic countries that are collectively declaring war and unbalancing the different regions of the world.

As far as the justification of majority rule goes one of Mark Twain's quotes should suffice "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."
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Democracy is whereby the people have a say in how the country is run; you can elect a government and mps and there is free speech and a free press- the people can have access to information to make informed decisions.
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Democracy is basically a form of government where power is held by the citizens either directly or indirectly. There is free electoral system.

It is a political philosophy that celebrates rule of people by the people, for the people. In this form of government all members of the society have equal access to power. It also ensures that all the citizens have universally recognized freedom and liberty.

There are a number of forms of democracy such as:

- Representative
- Parliamentary
- Liberal
-Constitutional
- Interactive
- Non-governmental.
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Demorocey is when a goverment is voted in by the people and doesnt take away rights
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Democracy is where people elected mandate and he do want people want
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The majority rules. It stinks sometimes because the majority is not always right.
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Democracy is the power of the power of the people by the people for the people

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Democracy is people who should have a right to stand up for things and have there say
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Democracy is a system of government where by views of the people(minority and majority) are taken into consideration before a decision is made.
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It varies earth to earth, area to area. In states you can marry even with same sex. But if you are in Asia and more specifically in south Asia it may be a sin. No one can tolerate you.
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This is  a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.
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Democracy is a form of government in which ruling powers are vested in the hands of the people and the government is answerable to everyone through constitutional means.
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The democracy has very very old beginnings and its idea was that every man is free, free to think, free to live, free to...
But from then till now, every great "warrior" gave it the meanings he liked.
Totally democracy never was and never will ever be. In the meaning that you are free indeed to eat, but what you eat if you don't have money (I speak generally). And you are free to everything but you face justice.
There wouldn't be a peaceful life without justice, but I want to say that the idea was said and gone. It's a beautiful lie.
I don't know to say if this is democracy what they say today, I don't like politics. But I answered because I liked this lesson I learned in school. If I didn't messed up, this idea was first born about 3 centuries before or after Christ. Anyway, not in 20-th century. That's for sure.
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It is a government in which the supreme power was elected by "the people" and "the people" have the power to impeach, or overthrow, that government if it becomes destructive to their rights.

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