Modern Democracy Essay

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In 1947, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Sir Winston Churchill, articulated a scathing opinion of the global political spectrum in the post-war era after witnessing the fall of European fascism in Germany and Italy as well as the impending rise of communism. He remarked, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” This essay agrees vehemently with Churchill’s assertion that democracy – for all of its faults – was, and still is, the world’s preeminent form of government when compared with all other alternatives, notably fascism and communism. By analyzing modern democracy in theory and in practice, this paper elucidates how democracy is at an intrinsic advantage in…show more content…
This parallel growth is due to the fact that democracy is inherently malleable, which allows it to be altered to best serve the needs of the people. A level of guaranteed individual freedom which was not necessary in antiquity is now required by humanity because of changes in progressive social views, technology, and the division of labor. For example, the abolition of slavery has had a measurable affect on modernity’s opinion of human rights. Professor Jeffrey Kopstein of the University of Toronto identifies the difference between modern and ancient liberties as an issue of “freedom to vs. freedom from”. Modern democracies guarantee individuals’ freedom from oppression, under the government or other individuals, which allows for the freedom of mobility. The modern citizen is entitled to, The right…to express his opinion, choose a profession and practice it, dispose of his own property and even to misuse it; the right to come and go without permission, and without explaining what one is doing or why; the right of each person to associate with other individuals – whether to discuss their interests, or join in worship, or simply to fill the time in any way that suits his fancy; and each person’s right to have some influence on the administration of the government – by electing all or some of the officials, or though representations, petitions, or demands that the authorities are more or less obliged to take into consideration. (Constant 2)
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