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  • Oligarchy in Indonesia - 1579 Words
    Oligarchy in Indonesia INTRODUCTION The word oligarchy originated from the Greek word oligarkhia, oligoi ‘few’ and arkhein ‘to rule’ which as a system refers to the politics of wealth defense by materially endowed actors. While oligarchs are actors who command and control massive concentrations of material resources that can be deployed to defend or enhance their personal wealth or exclusive social position. Oligarchs pose a problem as they are composed by extremely wealthy individuals, only...
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  • Aristotle's Politics: Oligarchy and Democracy
    In Aristotle's Politics, he focuses much on the regimes of an oligarchy and of a democracy. Democracies exists when the free and poor, being a majority, have authority to rule, and have an equal share in the city. Oligarchies exists when the few wealthy and better born have authority and grant benefits in proportion to a person's wealth (1280a:10-30;1290a:5-10). Within each regime, there are the farmer, the working element and craftsmen, the marketing element and traders, the laboring...
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  • Antidote for the Iron Law of Oligarchy
    Antidote for the Iron law of Oligarchy In every diseases there will always a doctors to help us to cure it. In every illness it has always a medicine to manage the pain. But if we connect it to our society today, maybe it doesn’t have medicine or doctors that cure this kind of illnesses. This kind of attitude maybe we cannot erase to our society. This attitude maybe we can connect to the iron law of oligarchy. What is the iron law of oligarchy? “The iron law of oligarchy is a political...
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  • Democracy or Oligarchy? a Comparative Essay
    During the Classical Age of Greece, two powerful city-states emerged, each governed by a different system. Athens was run by democracy, whereas, Sparta, a military state, was governed by oligarchy. Athens' democracy served its people better. Since all had a say in the government and everyone was included in a state was ruled by many. In Sparta, the state was controlled by a select few, kings and ephors, who had absolute power. In Athens plenty of time was spent on architecture, to ensure...
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  • The Difference between Democratic Government and Oligarchy Government
    Democratic Government VS Oligarchy Government “The government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.” Mark Twain Democracy and Oligarcy as forms of government have been in existence for a long period of time, both terms first appeared in ancient Greek political and philosophical thought. Both...
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  • South America’s governments have long been run by military oligarchies. Did this benefit South America?
     South America’s governments have long been run by military oligarchies. Did this benefit South America? Most South American countries were overthrown by the military and have long been ruled by the military to this very day. An oligarchy is understood as rule by the few, in this case, that few would be the military. Under these regimes, citizens enjoyed few if any civil liberties. With the military taking over, South American countries had developed arrangements for governing that allowed...
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  • Democrasy - 1199 Words
    Has democracy failed in Pakistan? Causes of failure of democracy in Pakistan lies in our socio - political system. Feudalism, illiterate and apathetic people, self – imposed leaders and inherited politics are a few salient features of this system. It's a feudal state where we are living and most of our political leaders are just feudal lords and they and have assumed and established their identity as political leaders. Feudalism has been leading towards the traditions of inherited politics as...
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  • The Miserable Tyrant is the Worst of Souls
    The Miserable Tyrant is the Worst of Souls Plato's The Republic centers on a simple question: is it better to be just than unjust? In answering this overlying question, Socrates outlines the ideal city and how justice is a virtue of that city. From there, he characterizes justice as a virtue of the soul. It is while he is discussing the soul that Socrates begins to define the different types of souls. Rather than comparing and contrasting each soul, Plato quickly jumps into contrasting the...
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  • democracy - 317 Words
     Introduction Throughout the course of history, mankind has been recorded to corrupt itself. Men have grown tired of simply surviving; they have had to take and conquer others. Absolute monarchies control wealth, land, and even lives of men. The conditions of the people were solely dependent on the conditions of the one who was in power in that particular place and time. History has proven that most men rule unwisely in their kingdoms. To avoid tyrannical rule, some make an attempt to set up...
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  • types of governments - 492 Words
    Differences between Timarchic, Oligarchic, Democratic and Tyrannical Governments These four types of governments is what Socrates describe as unjust soul, as he referred his analogy between city and soul, he points these types of governments as unjust souls. This process of social decline that makes us identify the cause of the fall of a just city is the same injustice created by the selfishness of the rulers which only require collaboration by citizens, that is, a forced suppression part of...
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  • The Ancient Greek Government - 535 Words
    Ancient Greece was divided into many different areas, called city-states. There were many city-states throughout the entire country, and each one had its own government. Athens and Sparta were two of the most powerful city-states in Greece. Sparta was governed by the military, while Athens had a democratic government. Over time, people's opinions about what made a good government changed, and various types of governments developed as well. This is a sequence of Greek governments that were...
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  • Powerpoint - 960 Words
    Anarchy Anarchy is to government what atheism is to religion; in anarchy there is no government and each individual has absolute liberty. It is important to note, however, that the lack of a government toenforce laws does not automatically imply that there are no laws; anarcho-capitalism in particular posits a form of anarchy with a body of explicit laws. Aristocracy a form of government in which a select few rule based on hereditary. Autocracy a form of government in which the political power...
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  • Relationships: Should Older Women and Younger Men Date?
    Definitions: Bourgeoisie: is defined as the middle class, typically referring to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes. However, according to Marx, it’s defined as the capitalist class who own most of society’s wealth and means of production. Oligarchy: is a form of government in which most of the political power effectively rests with a small segment of society, typically the people who have the most wealth, military strength, ruthlessness or political influence....
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  • Democracy vs. Dictatorship - 401 Words
    Democracy is a government of the people, for the people, by the people. In this government, people are the rulers and the ruled. Government is formed through elections. All the adult citizens cast votes and elect their representatives. This democracy is run through their elected representatives. Dictatorship is a form of government in where there’s a centralization of power. All power rests in the hands of one person. The people have no say in what goes on. There aren’t very many similarities...
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  • DBQ on Greece - 775 Words
    The Ancient Greeks have brought many contributions into our world like, science, math, philosophy, and government. They have created different social groups in different cities, some with military roots and some based on the human spirit. They are the creators of today’s social, economic structure. Hippocrates was a physician who created The Hippocrates Oath. He lived in Greece from 460 to 377 BC. He developed this oath for all physicians to swear that they will not harm their patient or give...
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  • Greek docx - 1504 Words
     Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, from The Politics, c. 340 BCE The words constitution and government have the same meaning, and the government, which is the supreme authority in states, must be in the hands of one, or of a few, or of the many. The true forms of government, therefore, are those in which the one, or the few, or the many, govern with a view to the common interest; but governments which rule with a view to the private interest, whether of the one or of the few, or of the many, are...
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  • Aquinas' view of kingship and the Aristotelian response. Quotes are from "St. Thomas Aquinas on Law and Ethics," ed. Sigmund
    St. Thomas Aquinas takes many of Aristotle's ideas from The Politics in order to create his idea of the best regime. He revisits the good and bad forms of each type of government Aristotle introduced, and then makes his decision that the best regime is a type of monarchy that he calls kingship. This decision stems from his definition of a king as "one who rules over the people of a city or province for the common good" (17). Kingship is beneficial because it is the rule of one person. Aquinas...
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  • The Rise of the New Global Elite
    • SUBSCRIBE • RENEW • GIVE A GIFT • DIGITAL EDITION January/February 2011 Print | Close The Rise of the New Global Elite F . S C O T T F IT Z G ER A L D W A S R IG H T W H EN H E DEC L A R ED T H E R IC H DIF F ER EN T F R O M Y O U A N D ME. BU T T O DA Y ’ S S U P ER -R IC H A R E A L S O DIF F ER EN T F R O M Y ES T ER DA Y ’ S : MO R E H A R DW O R K IN G A N D MER IT O C R A T IC , BU T L ES S C O N N EC T ED T O T H E N A T IO N S T H A T G R A N T ED T H EM O P P O R T U N IT Y —A N D...
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  • Six Forms of Government - 981 Words
    Six forms of government according to Aristotle and what form is in your country? There are six forms of government, according to Aristotle. There are three main forms (government of one, government of a few, and government of many) with two which derive from the main ones: Royalty – Tyranny; Aristocracy – Oligarchy; Constitutional Government – Democracy. First of all, Royalty is a constitutional government of one which purpose is the common good as a whole. However, in most cases it turns...
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  • ancient greece - 328 Words
     intro I have one question. Have you ever wondered about ancient times if people had governments? Well I can tell you this Ancient Greece certainly had government all right. REPORT Greece had no central government. In fact Greece was even considered one whole group. Each city-state had its own government and was also known as a polis. There were 3main types of government: Monarchy, oligarchy, and democracy. Each city-state made their own laws. The hierarchy was always the...
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  • Jose Rizal - 648 Words
    Pangasinan State University Bayambang Campus Bayambang, Pangasinan A MONARCHY (ARISTOTLE’S POLITICS) Prepared by: Group II Members: Anasco, Joshua C. Bactad, Evelyn V. Mejia, Meijoe ann Aquino, Rosie R. Dela Cruz, Sarah Jean Thru: Dr. Annie C. Manalang March 13, 2013 I. INTRODUCTION The Monarchy in general it is a government having a hereditary chief of state with life tenure and powers varying from nominal to absolute. Hence, According to Aristotle, monarchy is...
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  • Pakistan - 501 Words
    Pakistan came into being before 60 year almost but still endeavoring to develop the institution of politics in its society. The founding father of this country, Mr. Jinnah, achieved this country democratically and constitutionally. Unfortunately destiny did not give enough time to him to draw the socio – economic, religious and political map of newly born state. During early 21 years of its life - 1947 to 1969 - Pakistan was governed by civil – military bureucracy under oligarchic and...
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  • Classes Compared to Plato's Styles of Gov't
    Dexter Luu “A State is as the men are; they grow out of human characters” (Glaucon, “The Republic”). In Plato’s “The Republic,” Socrates, Glaucon, and Adeimantus discuss five forms of government - aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, and tyranny - and the individuals the five systems create. These forms of government are not solely used to define societies, however. They can be used to characterize anything, such as courses offered at a school. Hercules High School is a good...
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  • The Paradox of Democracy - 1844 Words
    "Like the best life, the best system of government is conducted in accordance with excellence.” (Aristotle, N. Ethics 1295a- 25) In terms of Democracy, Plato and Aristotle differ extensively. For instance, Plato considers Democracy as a fundamentally corrupted form of government, where the possession of power rests upon the will of the masses, which for Plato are incapable of achieving true knowledge. Conversely, Aristotle recognizes Democracy among the best forms of governance....
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  • Compare and contrast Persia and Greece
    World History Period 3 3 October 2013 Ancient Persia and Greece were the most influential nations of their time. Both societies waged epic battles with one another. The two empires political structures might have varied greatly, but their economies were quiet similar. These societies were, thought by some, to be ideal civilizations even though they were controversial and waged many wars. The economies of these societies both relied on things such as agriculture and trade. The agricultural...
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  • Thucydides Criticism Of Democratic Knowledge
    Question Two “From the very first day members of an oligarchy have no truck with mere equality, and they all think they deserve unquestioned first place: whereas in a democracy the result of an election is easier to bear when the loser can console himself with the thought that he was not competing with his equals.1” The political views of Thucydides are not blatantly expressed to the reader, and are quite difficult to fully understand what his views are. But as explained by his quote, the...
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  • Democracy and Economic Development - 3597 Words
    Democracy and Economic Development* Adam Przeworski Department of Politics New York University I examine the mutual relation between political regimes and economic development. An analysis of regime dynamics shows that while the paths to democracy are varied, once established for whatever reasons, democracies survive in developed countries. Contrary to long-standing arguments, political regimes do not affect the rate of investment and of the growth of total income. But since population...
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  • Winsotn Churchill on Democracy - 483 Words
    Winston Churchill's Quote on Democracy "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 for all the others that have been tried from time to time." - Winston Churchill, 1947. This quote represents the views of Winston Churchill, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, not only on democracy, but on government...
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  • Massachusetts Bay Colony - 697 Words
    The government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was simultaneously theocratic, democratic, oligarchic, and authoritarian in different ways. The Puritans founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1628 and wanted a well-established government, but they ended up mixing all of these together. This colony was important because it was one of the first provincial and true governments to be introduced into the colonies. It also provided an example to other colonies to base their governments on. The...
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  • Jefferson VS. Hamilton DBQ
    Jeff Hom 4/5/14 Pd.1 Hamilton Vs. Jefferson DBQ In the history of America, Thomas Jefferson, the Secretary of State, and Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury, were two of the greatest leaders of our country. Although they both lead the country, that's where the similarities end as they had opposing views on everything. Jefferson was a republican while Hamilton was a federalist. Jefferson had been opposed to all of Hamilton's ideas, such as his financial plan, his...
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  • Plato - 702 Words
    Plato argues that democracy is a wholly inadequate form of government because it places political power in the hands of least fit to use it. Is he right about this? Today’s society describes democracy as to be a form of government that is ‘ruled by the people for the people’ (Chistiano, 2006). The best feature of democracy is the freedom of choice and equality among the social classes. Plato was known as the prototypical political philosopher whose ideas had an insightful impact on subsequent...
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  • To what extent do pressure groups undermine democracy
    To what extent do pressure groups undermine democracy? It is a varied opinion in society that pressure groups undermine democracy: some people believe strongly, some people don’t. It is hard to begin to analyse whether this is the case or not, as there are a varying amount of factors that need to be considered before a final decision and be made. In the first instance of answering this question, we need to find out the two types of pressure groups; elitist pressure groups and pluralist...
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  • ranya - 259 Words
    Ranya Sharaf Mr. Martinez/ Pd. 2 August 26, 2014 Direct Democracy & The Republic Athenians adopted a form of government called Direct Democracy, while Plato described his system of government as The Republic. First of all, direct democracy is a form of government in which citizens rule directly and not through representatives. Only a few other city-states practiced this form of government within Greece. The governing system became an important legacy of Periclean Athens. Male citizens,...
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  • Forms of Government - 1929 Words
    4.1 Forms of Government Montesquieu holds that there are three types of governments: republican governments, which can take either democratic or aristocratic forms; monarchies; and despotisms. Unlike, for instance, Aristotle, Montesquieu does not distinguish forms of government on the basis of the virtue of the sovereign. The distinction between monarchy and despotism, for instance, depends not on the virtue of the monarch, but on whether or not he governs "by fixed and established laws" (SL...
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  • Future of Democracy in Pakistan - 1657 Words
    Pakistan was the result of a political and democratic struggle but democracy could not flourish during 62 years of its existence. The founder of Pakistan was a great democratic statesman who envisioned a democratic and progressive Pakistan. Unfortunately his illness couldn’t let him to contribute much for democracy. His death was a fine blow to the political stability of Pakistan. Liaquat Ali Khan, a devoted prime-minister elected from Eastern Pakistan was unacceptable to the ruling elite of...
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  • Plato and Aristotle: An Analysis
    This four-page undergraduate essay explains, compares, and contrasts the theories and discussions of Plato and Aristotle regarding the best political association. Quotes from Politics and the Republic are used to support the author’s thesis. Plato and Aristotle: An Analysis Determining the best form of political association was important to the ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle, and each of them expressed his opinion in important works such as the Republic and...
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  • Plato and Aristotle’s Forms of Government
    Plato and Aristotle’s Forms of Government Throughout history, the idea of government has always been altered, discussed, and argued due to the many variation philosophers have created. Plato, a well- known philosopher is known for his book The Republic in which he discusses politics and the way society should run in order to achieve a just society. Plato was born into a aristocratic and dominant family. He lived from 428 B.C to 48 B.C. (Dale 22). Throughout his life, Plato never ceased to...
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  • Comparing Aristotle and Plato - 1866 Words
    Connor High Classical Political Thought 12/15/10 Examining Plato and Aristotle’s Political Regimes Structures Plato and Aristotle both understood the importance of wisdom and virtue in founding a good regime. In their writings, they suggest the effect they felt a ruler had on a regime and vice versa. Where Plato saw a linear slope of five increasingly misguided and degenerating regimes, Aristotle saw six regimes: three true and three corrupt. Each regime has a ruling political good....
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  • Democracy versus Dictatorship - 782 Words
    Democracy versus Dictatorship Democracy versus Dictatorship : In theory, democracy is the best form of government. It is the government of the people as distinguished from the government of an individual or of a class of people. It makes all the citizens interested in their country by giving them a voice in legislation. It gives them a feeling of importance and a sense of responsibility. It thus gives a meaning to their personality. Another merit of democracy is that it is less...
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  • Medea and Democracy - 612 Words
    Democracy: Has it Always Been Focused on Equality? How does the society that gave us the democratic government of equality for all show such discrimination? Athenian government in ancient Greece was an incomplete democracy that has developed over time. The Treatment of women and foreigners in Euripides' ancient Greek world is less civilized than in democratic societies existing today. In a society dominated by men, women had a severe bias put against them. Women had no control over their...
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  • Philosophy Revision Notes - 943 Words
    Philosophy revision notes In political philosophy, the general will (French: volonté générale) is the will of the people as a whole. The term was made famous by 18th-century French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. General will, in political theory, a collectively held will that aims at the common good or common interest. The general will is central to the political thought of the Swiss-born French political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and an important concept in modern republican...
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  • Aristotle - 380 Words
    Luke Coviello 10/13/13 History 153 Merson Aristotle Aristotle was a pupil of the famous philosopher Plato. During his lifetime (384-322 BC) he learned and taught Socratic philosophy which was taught to him. He was taught this philosophy by Plato, who is responsible for all of Socrates written works since Socrates himself did not write down his teachings. During his teen years he was enrolled in Plato's “Academy” where he then taught for about 20 years after his graduation. After...
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  • Political Science - 570 Words
     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...
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  • In Defense of Elitism - 648 Words
    Leo Southwood (Professor Name) (Type of Course) June 19, 2013 Analysis on William A. Henry III’s “In Defense of Elitism” Elitism" is a term that has always made me just a bit uneasy. I have never believed that I needed that label to verify my status as professor of English, as editor of one of the most respected of scholarly journals, or as literary critic. I chide those of my students who assume that reading Ulysses or even Finnegans Wake makes them part of an intellectual elite. I do not...
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  • A Democratic Society - 1773 Words
    A Democratic Society Throughout time the debate upon which is the best system of government has been an ongoing debate. Somewhere between the realms of democracy, socialism, fascism, communism, and monarchism lies the answer to the perfect system. Traditionally speaking, North America has always tried to remain democratic in ruling. The democratic system, unlike it's alternatives, encourages equality and liberty among the people which in modern society, makes it the most attractive...
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  • Lord of the flies dictatorship vs democracy
    An idea that was memorable in the lord of the flies was the idea of democracy vs dictator ship. This idea was memorable because it juxtaposes two contemporary governments: a democracy where a leader rules with the intention of helping others and a dictatorship where a leader rules with oppression, putting his own needs before the group. We are challenged to comprehend that a dictatorship uses fear, power and arbitrary rules in order to inflict chaos and anarchy onto society where as a democratic...
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  • Democracy vs Dictatorship - 418 Words
    Democracy as we know it is far less efficient as a form of government than a dictatorship. It takes a fair amount of time to make ultimately inadequate decisions in a democracy because the people of a nation can never seem to agree. Democracy is ridden with undesirable compromises. Although a dictatorship does have its positive attributes, it can be just as inefficient as a democracy, if not more so, in the wrong hands. In a democracy, the people of a state have to go through a long, arduous...
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  • The Timeless Tyrant - 2001 Words
    The Timeless Tyrant 1 What is Socrates’ critique of the tyrant’s way of life? Do you find it convincing? Why or why not? Is the power of tyranny not the ultimate freedom? An individual who holds absolute authority over others and possesses the ability to fulfill his or her every wish would surly be the happiest of persons. In The Republic Socrates seems to disagree. In fact he claims, “He who is the real tyrant…is the real slave.”(238) The tyrant’s life is in fact...
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  • A Great Leader in Ancient Greece
    Dear National Geographic members, I have called you all here today to present a Life Time Achievement Award to a great leader of the Ancient Greece world. In Ancient Greece, the people made great achievement in technology, government, writings, and much, much more. The person I am about to present the award to has created a spectacular form of government we still use today. I will tell you about his achievements later, but let me tell you some background information about this leader. His name...
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  • Greece Change over Time
    In a relatively resource-poor region, a society rose from the access of foreign sources of raw materials and markets abroad. This society came to be known as one of the largest nations in Eurasia. The rise and fall of this great nation has to do with war-fare and the conflict between city-states. Their division led to the widespread of language and culture. This is the great story of Ancient Greece and how individualism changed the view Greece had on certain issues. (Bulliet 99) From 1000...
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  • Authoritarian Beginnings - 267 Words
    Authoritarian Beginnings Democracy has not always been viewed as a government for everyone and every country. The levels of socioeconomic development did not seem to be at a rate suitable for a democratic government in less developed countries. A test was conducted by implementing a democratic institution in all countries and only a few countries took hold and flourished while many others failed. Because of this failure these countries have since been ruled by all powerful single-parties,...
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  • To What Extent Are Pressure Groups Good for Democracy
    Pressure groups are formal (Insider) and informal (Outsider) associations whose goals are to further the interests of a specific section of the society to promote a particular cause by influencing the decisions of the government. An insider group is a pressure group which is very involved in the decision making of policies e.g. Cancer Research UK. An outsider group is a pressure who is not associated with decision making as they like to assert their independence and lack political clout e.g....
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  • Is Democracy the Best Form of Goverment?
    A democracy is a type of government where political power is shared among citizens. The power given allows people to have a direct say in who governs them, via the votes cast by that specific age group of inhabitants in free elections. This is to ensure that a government is made up of those who are truly representative of the people so as to provide its citizens what they need. It is not surprising when democracy is deemed as the worst form of government as a result of some drawbacks. In my...
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  • Merits and Demerits of Democracy - 1390 Words
    Advantages of Democracy Democracy is considered to be the best form of government these days. Most of the countries in the world have adopted it. The following arguments have been given in favour of Democracy: (i) Safeguards the interests of the people: Chief merit of democracy lies in that it safeguards the interests of the people. Real power lies in the hands of the people who exercise it by the representatives elected by them and who are responsible to them. It is said that social,...
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  • US Democracy and Rhetoric - 514 Words
    US Democracy and Rhetoric I consider myself a cynical optimist in everyday life. I do not play make-believe and put on my best Diogenes impersonation – going out with a lantern in search for an honest man. There are a large number of sincere loving human beings in the world. When it comes to American politics however, it is impossible for me not to be a cynical pessimist, because as Sophocles once said, “Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.” The trust for me died long ago and the mistrust...
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  • Merits and Demerits of Dictatorship - 691 Words
    Disadvantages 1. Loss of Freedom of choice - Citizens no longer have the choice to choose who governs them. They cannot vote in elections as it is all decided for them. 2. The Government will have absolute power. The government may not think in the best interests of the people. They may be more interested in building large lavish palaces for themselves than feeding their people. 3. The people may be oppressed by the regime as the government would be intent on keeping their power away from the...
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  • Textual Analysis of the Extract 557a to 561e from Book Viii of the Republic by Plato
    Textual Analysis I will discuss the extract 557a to 561e from Book VIII of the Republic by Plato, arguing that although the points laid out are logical and at least party valid, the overall argument, that the order of the city takes precedence over the freedom or perhaps even the happiness of the people is still in question. This extract specifically looks at Democracy, however in order to analyse this I will first explain its place in the broader argument. Book VIII, following the...
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  • Dahl, on Democracy - 1040 Words
    Democracy has become the most widespread political form of government during the past decade, after the fall of all its alternatives. During the second part of the 20th century, the 3 main enemies of democracy, namely communism, fascism and Nazism, lost most of their power and influence. However, democracy is still only to be found in less than half of this world's countries. China with a fifth of the total population "had never experienced a democratic government" and Russia still doesn't have...
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  • Cultural Phil. Politics - 971 Words
    Fatima S. Tiongson POSC 14 / THX Aug. 29, 2013 Article Review Filipinos are having a hard time distinguishing politics and politicking. According to Webster’s dictionary, politics is a science or art of governance --- meaning the whole system. While politick means to engage in often political discussion or activity --- this is what we really perceive wrong in Philippine politics. For further understanding of these two, reading the introduction of Classes, Bosses, Goons, and Guns:...
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  • Machiavelli's Cycle of Governance and 'Checks and Balances' Ideology (Discourses) 516 Word Summary.
    Nicolo Machiavelli's 'Discourses on Livy' written 1513-1517, is a commentary on the work of Titus Livy (59 BC - AD 17) a Roman historian who wrote a monumental history of Rome entitled 'Ab Urbe Condita' literally translating as 'from the founding of the city (Rome)'. What Machiavelli set out to detail within the Discourses in essence, is the refined knowledge gleaned from an in depth analysis of Livy's accounts, observations of the legislative, socio-political and military management structures...
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  • Athenian and Spartan Government - 298 Words
    In Ancient Greece there were four forms of government that were practiced Monarchy's, Aristocracy, Oligarchy and Direct Democracy. In Ancient Athens they had a direct democracy which allowed the citizens to participate in political decision making. In Ancient Sparta they had an oligarchy form of government in which the state was ruled by a small group of citizens who also controlled the military.

    The political system of ancient Athens was a democracy, which involved all of its citizens...
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  • Platos Republic - 2948 Words
    Cory Reasor November 7, 2011 Plato’s The Republic What is Justice? This is a question that has seemingly haunted human civilization from the dawn of human development to modern day human practice. There are many aspects of justice that can be seen in Old Testament Biblical accounts, the pre-Islamic Arabian notion of justice through retribution, and the early Greek interpretations of justice through the Polis. These are all important historical notions of justice within a certain...
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  • How the Wars Affect the Ordinary People
    Ordinary people are the 'cannon fodder' for the exploits of the wealthy who mislead us into war. Often the war is even 'fomented' by covert (secret) operations where rebels are trained and funded to stir up trouble, giving the Western oligarchs a good excuse to "intervene militarily'. Either way you cut it, the wealthy use their 'corporate-friendly' mainstream news broadcasts to dummy down the public, create fictitious reasoning for war like: 'this operation is to establish democracy and...
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  • Failure of Democracy in Pakistan - 1564 Words
    Failure of Democracy in Pakistan Democracy is a form of government in which supremacy of power is vested in the people of the voters collectively, and it is administered by them or the officers appointed by them. according to Chambers Dictionary it also means a state of society characterized by recognition of equality of right and privileges political, social and legal equality. The most accepted definition of democracy is Government of the people, for the people, and by the people (Abraham...
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