Appraisal for Democracy by Plato, Aristotle and Thucydides

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In general, we can think of and consider democracy as a system or a structure of government made up of four key pillars. First, as a political system involved in choosing and interchanging the leadership through free and fair voting. The second pillar would be the active involvement of the citizens both in civic life and politics. Third is the safeguarding of the human rights of every citizen. Then finally as rule of law, which apply equally in the society. However, for the purpose of this paper, we focus on discussions of ancient Greeks on the practice and theory of democracy as a system of government. Appraisal for Democracy by Plato, Aristotle and Thucydides Plato is one dominant figure in the history of democracy. It is important to note, however, that he is in fact pivotal for the crucial questions he asked about democracy. His character is so strong such that even after veering off the public’ s favor he continues to stress on the cracks of democracy. Although unpleasing to consider his reasonable points, on weakness in democracy that he pointed out continues to disturb me. Plato suggested that, a big danger lay in uniting people of different cultures and abilities. He suggested that having that unitary group under one leader, was risky for the greater good as it conferred the individual so much power that might be subject to abuse. Such an individual could probably manipulate the public through rhetoric. In my view that case is solid and has come to be proven, several

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