Democracy : No Taxation Without Representation

961 WordsDec 16, 20154 Pages
Democracy came about in a very interesting fashion. It first started out as, a wealthy class of rich males in ancient Greece who had the power to vote and be citizens; while no one else was able to be a citizen and participate in democracy. This notion of democracy slowly evolved out of different revolutions and ideas. We saw great leaps forward in in the evolution of democracy during the US revolution which was exemplified by the cry of: “No taxation without representation.” In the French revolution, in which there has been so much has studied about, is another example of inequality helping democratization. In the modern era, we have seen the Arab spring rise and fall, with some countries making modest reforms and people fighting for as many reforms as they could get; among these, the idea of equality. Pure equality is the striving force that democracy will always try to reach and will never truly achieve. Charles Tilly explained the evolution of democracy among the states. He believes that democracy is the interaction between state and citizen, and more specifically the political rights and civil liberties of the citizens of the government. Tilly was correct in his notion that the Greek city states of the 4th and 5th century B.C. do not qualify in his definition of full democracies. This is because the Greek citiy-state limit citizenship since these city states restricted the citizenship to only free male adults. The concept of a more open democracy grew from the
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