Social And Political Thought

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Sriya Siems Classics of Social and Political Thought Mr. Ellison SOSC 15100 Second Paper- #4 (Democracy) A Proposition To Abolish Democracy In the modern west, democracy is generally conceived as the “most free” regime. Democracy is uniquely characterized by majority rule. This gives its citizens the privilege to vote, overturn, and motion, with the purpose of best representing the desires of the population. Not only do societies strive for democracy to gain political freedom, but also personal freedom. Traditionally, we equate government intervention and regulation with harsh restrictions that devitalize our personal freedom, however, according to Socrates; regulation is necessary in order to experience “genuine freedom”. In the Republic, Socrates discusses his tripartite regime in which promotes optimal justice and happiness for its citizens. However, if we fully accept Socrates’ republic, this does not necessarily mean we have to reject democracy entirely. This idea will be furthered explored throughout the entirety of this essay. While Socrates describes democracy as the “fairest” regime, he refutes this claim by exposing the disastrous effect lack of structure has in a democracy, producing only spurious pleasures and, therefore, failing to achieve Socrates’s justice, (demonstrated in his republic) which produces genuine pleasures that greatly benefit the individual and the city. Socrates uses a democratic society as a foundation to build his republic. Socrates says,
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