Political Science

Topics: Monarchy, Form of government, Government, Forms of government, Autocracy, Oligarchy / Pages: 3 (570 words) / Published: Dec 2nd, 2013
Chapter 1 Journal Entry The origins of American government can be traced back to the cultures and life of early European colonists and the indigenous peoples of the new world. The colonists journeyed to North America for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons was to find better opportunities for wealth. Later on the pilgrims left Europe aboard the mayflower to find religious freedoms. Today’s modern day government offers both opportunities for wealth and success, as well as religious freedoms. As the colonists set up systems of government, they sought more independence from the British monarchy which was accomplished through the revolutionary war.
Throughout the world, different nations use different forms of government. The great philosopher Aristotle types of government by who rules and in whose interest its in. the first type of government I will mention is a monarchy. In monarchy, the rule is with one hereditary king of queen with the interest being with all of the people in the nation. This type of government is what we see in England today. The early colonists fought for their independence against this monarchy. Another form of government called totalitarianism is much different than a monarchy in one key aspect being for whose interest the ruler is in. In this form of government, the ruler runs the country only to benefit him, and has no interest in the benefits of the people living in the nation. This form of government today exists in North Korea under Kim Jong-Un. In this government, Kim Jong-Un exercise complete power and his power is unlimited. The individuals have no personal rights of liberties. Another form of government seen around the world is called an oligarchy. In this form of government the right to participate depends on the possession of wealth, social status, military positions, or other achievements. When forming our own government, the colonists originally rejected a system with a strong ruler such as exists in the British

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