Plato 's Views On Politics

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“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors” – Plato. Plato states that refusing to utilize the right to vote is equivalent to giving away one’s future and leaving it in hands of inappropriate people. In order to stride for progress one must wisely choose the people who are going to be in power to handle the nation properly. The human race has proven that an authority figure has to constantly be present in order for humans to work to the best of their abilities, or at least to work normally and not have anarchy; such authorities are represented by the government who makes and forces laws. Plato expresses the idea of democracy and encourages people to be involved in politics. Ignoring politics is misusing rights as a citizen thus not making any progress to the nation. For example, if citizens think they 're paying too many taxes, they can vote for a person who promises to lower taxes. If citizens want more services, they can vote for someone who will promise to spend funds to gain more services. Every vote counts; an election might be decided by a single vote and history would be changed because a person got, or lost, that one vote. Refusing to be involved in politics is refusing to live a better life. Therefore, disregarding politics is giving away power to the government. Once that occurs people jeopardize such rights as privacy.
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