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What is democracy?


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I'm working on a short paper about democracy, and it got me thinking about how we define and value democracy differently.

What is a democracy for you? When is a country democratic and when is it not a democracy? What aspects define democracy?

Is democracy only the right to vote in free and fair elections? Or does it include other, more "liberal" rights such as private property rights, small government, or does it include more "socialist" rights such as socioeconomic equality?

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For me democracy is the right to live without fear and aggression. The right to live is a wide scope pertaining to freedom on any aspects of life. Freedom to speak of one's mind , freedom to choose, and freedom to access society.

Democracy is not a word just for political use, and its not a thing that is flagged or attached to a certain country. For me it is Humanity.

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Democracy is characterized by a majority rule. Any important decision is decided by more than half of the voters before implementation such as elections or passing of bills into laws. It is not democracy if only the rich and powerful benefits from any rules making them richer and the poor becomes more poor. It should cover anything that is included in our human rights such as freedom of expression, right to own things, a fair and free world, etc. But it is up to the people on how to gain from those rights. The democratic government just creates the opportunity for the citizens to attain these rights.

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Well for me, Democracy is when the ordinary people has the rights to express his opinion about politics, or any kind of issue.  The freedom of expression should implement in every country.  And the politicians or who ever the leader of every country should listen to the voice of ordinary people, they should consider the opinion of the people.

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I live in a country where the constitution is brilliant( a copy and paste of the American constitution) however  I would not call what we experience democracy. Democracy is being governed by consensus by a majority of the population and living by the values enshrined in the constitution, which was agreed upon by majority of the population. If you live in a monarchy, your elections are regularly rigged and your government does not respect your constitutional rights, this is not a democracy. 

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Yes Democracy is where good men has the utmost freedom of living, but for evil men democracy can be their dangerous  tool.

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Democracy is not about freedom, but giving citizens the rights to express their points of view in the social media, to vote and to be educated. There is no such thing as absolute freedom or any near to it. We can say that we are free if we are safe from terror attacks, there is no discrimination,  you can go anytime outside without being bothered by thieves and there is no chaos especially in politics. People are still chained by poverty due to corruption and low economic status of a nation. It is sad that anyone of us can't even barely get that kind of freedom I wish, absolute safety and genuinity. These might sound ideal and impossible to achieve but what is wrong with dreaming about the betterment of everyone's society?

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Democracy is a political concept developed by the Greeks. The perfect description of democracy was given by the 16th American President Abhram Lincon. He said, "Democracy is a government of the people, by the people, for the people." In a democracy, there are political parties that contest in the election and the one who generates the majority of the votes wins. 

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I think the best word to describe democracy is freedom. Though it doesn’t mean that we can do whatever we want. Still we must follow the constitution for the good of all the citizens in the country. Democracy for me is having the freedom to practice our rights. However that is not the case in some other countries as citizens are being prohibited to express themselves by government.

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Ahhh! Democracy! Let's just stick with the definition that we can get from our friend google. He said:

de·moc·ra·cy

noun

"a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives."

"a state governed by a democracy."

"control of an organization or group by the majority of its members."

Chameli is right about Democracy as a political concept. I would also agree with what Zeke said that it is about freedom. It is really about freedom or, shall we say, "Right" of an individual or a group/community or a country. And this "right/freedom" is governed by law. And without law democracy/freedom perish. 

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What I know about democracy is it is a form of a government, compose of a leader and its people where in, the people itself has a voice and power to control who will be their next leader. I am from a democratic country where in we, the citizen are going to vote for our eligible next president on election day. In democracy, the people itself has their free way to express themselves to the government.

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