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The Democratic Symbol - The Democratic Symbol The word “donkey” has come to have a negative connotation in today’s society. In Webster’s Handy College Dictionary, the definition for a donkey is “an ass” or “a stupid or obstinate person”. One would presume that with such a meaning, the Democratic Party, one of the main political parties in the United States, would not be associating itself with such a negative symbol. The first use of the “donkey” as the Democratic symbol occurred during Andrew Jackson’s run for president in 1828....   [tags: Politics Government Symbolism Essays]
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Democratic Peace - Democratic Peace Democratic peace is presently a theory that has come under fire from many individuals due to the complex nature in which it is applied to nations and their handling of foreign affairs. There are currently two accepted arguments: (1) Democracies do not fight one another because they are self-organizing systems and are therefore fundamentally distinct from other states, and (2) they are as prone to conflict with no democracies or quasi-democracies as no democracies are with one another....   [tags: Papers] 1493 words
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Democratic Morality - ... 6). The first two ideas of democratic morality constitute its ultimate purpose: the freedom and opportunity of all men for personal development based of the assumption of dignity and worth inherent in each individual. Although it has an egoistic center, democratic morality it works within a conditional framework of universality. This means that each person's development is important and is conditioned by the moral right of every other person. The two ideas together produce the notion of a humane society....   [tags: Government]
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A Democratic Society - A Democratic Society Throughout time the debate upon which is the best system of government has been an ongoing debate. Somewhere between the realms of democracy, socialism, fascism, communism, and monarchism lies the answer to the perfect system. Traditionally speaking, North America has always tried to remain democratic in ruling. The democratic system, unlike it's alternatives, encourages equality and liberty among the people which in modern society, makes it the most attractive system of government today....   [tags: essays research papers] 1759 words
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Chants Democratic - ... 31 & 57) The social change of employment within the American artisan guild rendered lower wages in the dawn of the economic changes seen during the nineteenth century. (pp. 5) The many small arguments in Chants Democratic acknowledged that along with the changing economy, the fall of Stollenwerck’s theory of craft structure, and each vocations’ interests gave rise to the first unionism of trades in 1794. The foregoing events severed most significant ties between masters and journeymen. (pp. 4 & 56) Wilentz identified that the only connection left between the two artisanal occupations laid in their ideological aspects of republicanism....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Democratic Outlaws -  DEMOCRATIC OUTLAWS . Pirates, the outlaws of the sea. If like me, the first idea that comes to mind regarding pirates is a group of raiding and plundering individuals. This is due to today’s society glamorizing the pirates as fascinating characters. Historically, not much written information has been left behind. The pirates did not leave ship logs or accounts of plunders, because it could be used to incriminate them. Society today has invented the pirates to fit a romantic mold. Therefore, we grew up thinking of treasure hunts, sea battles, sword fights and plank walkers, when in actuality the pirates of old were loathed by society....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Democratic Society? - In any system that claims to be democratic, a question of its Legitimacy remains. A truly democratic political system has certain characteristics, which prove its legitimacy with their existence. One essential characteristic of a legitimate democracy is that it allows people to freely make choices without government intervention. Another necessary characteristic that legitimates government is that every vote must count equally: one vote for every person. For this equality to occur, all people must be subject to the same laws, have equal civil rights, and be allowed to freely express their ideas....   [tags: essays research papers] 1276 words
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Democratic Policing Literature Review - ... As can be seen, many efforts to define democratic policing involve a complex blend of the normative and descriptive, as noted by Jones, who examines democratic policing in the context of a set of ideals.11 According to this method democratic policing can be defined by the values which should be incorporated into the governance and accountability frameworks of police forces, including “participation”, “responsiveness”, “equity” and “distribution of power”.12 Yet, although many authors agree that democratic policing should indeed demonstrate these characteristics, there is much disagreement as to the depth and breadth that each trait should play in governance frameworks....   [tags: Political Science]
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Was Colonial America a Democratic Society? - Between 1607 and 1733, Great Britain established thirteen colonies in the New World along the land’s eastern coast. England’s colonies included Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia. Though the colonies were classified as New England, middle or southern colonies, the colonists developed a unifying culture. With this new American culture, the colonists throughout the colonies began to think differently than their English cousins....   [tags: american colonies, american government] 547 words
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Student Democratic Party Platform - Student Democratic Party Platform Preamble As we look back upon the 20th Century we see the birth of American prominence. The century is marked with glorious American achievements ranging from the birth of the Space Age to the development of the Information Age. Now, as we venture through the new millennium, the potential of further American prosperity is enormous. At times this journey will be a perilous quest, but with valiant leadership this nation shall flourish. Only the Democratic Party is prepared to guide America towards this future....   [tags: Political Science Politics Essays] 3518 words
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The Importance of Diverse and Democratic Schooling - The purpose of schools today is, unfortunately, to create a well-trained rather than well-educated workforce. However, the true purpose of schooling should be to educate all students equitably, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, etc., so that they can use logic and reasoning to make informed decisions (Spring, 6). Teachers are at the frontline in the struggle to create well-educated citizens within a diverse and democratic society. This essay will examine the criteria needed to create the ideal citizen of a diverse and democratic society, as well as how I as an educator plan to integrate and promote democracy and diversity in my teaching practices....   [tags: public education, public schools] 883 words
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The Art of Democratic Parenting - ... Similar to eating the right foods, it is important for a child to see the doctor and dentist regularly. Children in democratic households would be able to understand that doctor and dentist visits are just a part of life, while children in an authoritarian household may be overly cautious and a child in a permissive household may not have a check up as much as they should. Children that grow up in a democratic environment are able to clearly see that it is important to take care of themselves to life a good life....   [tags: Parenting] 1138 words
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Disseminating Democratic Education Now - Disseminating Democratic Education Now The subject of disseminating democratic education is important and urgent, chiefly because the topic of the transfer of democracy is vital. and even urgently so. And yet no transfer of democracy is possible without some large-scale democratic education. Of course, to that end we must stick to basics, as time and efficiency may make the difference between success and failure. For, there are few occasions given for democratization, and they are always all to brief, as the bitter experience of the current United States administration of Iraq has learned the hard way....   [tags: Democracy Politics Education Essays] 1761 words
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Democratic Morality and the Administrative Law - ... The questions ask, the complaints made, the decisions postponed, the responsibilities avoided. These forms of behavior are discretionary to help enhance and enliven the administrative process that promotes the common good of our society. Decisions made to the administrative law expanded greatly during the nineteenth century, because the administrative law created more government agencies to help regulate the increasingly number of administrative laws. There were several laws that affected the organizations and the changes in Democratic Morality and the Administrative law for organization....   [tags: Politics] 1994 words
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Police in a Democratic Society - ... It is important in a democratic society for police to not know too much about the community they are policing. It allows them to do their job more effectively but if they no too little they will b ineffective in maintaining public safety. They cannot be caught, under any circumstances, standing flat-footed because who knows what will come next. However, at the opposite extreme, they cannot go around and arrest every stereotypical criminal (Marx, 1995). One of the major criticisms about policing in a democratic society follows the topic of racism....   [tags: Law Enforcement ]
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How Democratic Is the American Constitution? - Robert Dahl's book How Democratic is the American Constitution, reminds us that the American Constitution wasn't the only possible base for a democratic system in America. In this book Dahl explains some of the democratic and undemocratic aspects of the American constitution. He also explains what should be changed to improve it. In chapter 2, Dahl begins explaining about the Framers of the constitution who had the task of basically creating a new government that combated all of the problems of the new United States of America....   [tags: Book Reviews Robert Dahl] 701 words
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Democratic EcoHumanism Market Civilization - Democratic EcoHumanism Market Civilization In an effort to dramatize his neo-Polanyian critique of neo-liberal global capitalism, Stephen Gill questions the tenability of his own term market civilization, proposing it as oxymoronic in that a market civilization qua the neo-liberal order contradicts Gill's view of civilization qua democratic eco-humanism (i.e. representation, civility, social well-being and inclusion). In this formation, Gill's argument is essentially circular in its reliance on his own subjective standard of civilization, (democratic eco-humanism), to prove the uncivilized nature of the neo-liberal order....   [tags: Papers] 2301 words
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Capitalist/Democratic person - The ideal American would posses qualities shared by the democratic and capitalistic ideologies. In fact to be truly effective these two should be intertwined. Unfortunately, most do not posses these traits collectively, and oftentimes people do not have any at all. In this paper though, I shall step from reality and attempt to describe the ideal democratic/capitalistic person. The most important quality, and usually the most neglected, is having the ability to think. One must have analytical skills when dealing with problematic situations....   [tags: essays research papers] 388 words
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A Democratic Deficit in the EU - A Democratic Deficit in the EU The question over the legitimacy of the EU has been a nearly continuous debate and many commentators appear to agree that the EU suffers from a severe ‘democratic deficit’. There are many reasons why this perception is so widespread. As a multinational body it lacks the grounding in common history and culture upon which most individual polities can draw. However, this should not necessarily disqualify the EU from being treated as a democratically legitimate body....   [tags: Papers European Union Government Europe Essays] 1416 words
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Democratic Implications of the Bible - Democratic Implications of the Bible In the form of government known as democracy, the power lies in the hands of the people. Be it to change the laws or the structure of the government, the decisions of the legislature are made by either the people or representatives that are elected by the people. Under most government systems, elections are used for people to express their views and beliefs. There is equality for all, including basic freedoms such as freedom of speech and religion....   [tags: essays research papers] 1532 words
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Were the Federalists Democratic? - Were the Federalists Democratic. The idea of democracy is both vague and is often over-simplified to mean "majority rules". In theory, such a notion sounds both just and efficient. However, in practice, the concept of "majority rules" is much more complex and often difficult to implement. Modern-day versions of democracy, such as the one utilized in the United States, simply guarantees a person's right to voice his or her opinion in all matters involving the public. American democracy merely provides a forum for the expression of such viewpoints; it does not guarantee the ability of any individual to bring about change....   [tags: Papers] 1002 words
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Ways in Which Britain is Democratic - Ways in Which Britain is Democratic The electorate in the United Kingdom have privileges regarding involvement in their democratic system unlike many other citizens of the World. In 1867 working class men were first given the right to vote, followed by the vote for women in 1918, a consequence of the suffragettes movements. In the twenty-first century the majority of the British public who are seen as deserving of the right to vote and have the mental capacity to make the judgement have the right to participate in local and general elections as well as referenda....   [tags: Papers] 898 words
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The American (Totalitarian) Democratic System? - ... Social class is a form of stratification, which is defined as an unequal access to resources that is enacted upon by force. In a meritocratic society the social positions of the upper class are indeed ascribed, not unlike those of the caste system, and entrance within the clique of the upper class remains mainly through inherited wealth (Browne 15) What the United States most resembles at this point and time, according to philosopher J. L. Talmon, is a totalitarian democracy system of government in which “lawfully elected representatives maintain the integrity of a nation state whose citizens, while granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of the government” (Browne 17)....   [tags: U.S. Government ]
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Modern Britain as A Democratic Country - Modern Britain as A Democratic Country A democracy can be defined as a state governed by the people, in which their power is exercised directly or indirectly through representation by MPs in parliament. Britain has always been viewed as a democratic country, so in this essay I will look at the evidence for this viewpoint and decide from this whether I believe this is correct. One of the main things that characterises a democracy is the right to equality. In Britain, this is protected in many ways....   [tags: Papers] 623 words
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The Democratic Republic of Congo - The Democratic Republic of Congo Formerly known as Zaire, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DROC) is located in the center of Africa bordered by nine different countries and one territory. (Lerner, 10) The bordering countries are Central African Republic and Sudan at the northern boarder, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Burundi on the eastern boarder, Zambia and Angola directly South of DROC and Congo on the Western boarder. DROC is about one third the size of the United States; consisting of 905,365 square miles of territory it is also the third largest country within the African continent, smaller only to Sudan and Algeria....   [tags: Papers] 2161 words
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People’s Democratic Party - ... With the exit of its national chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbularfor, and the uncertainty that engulfed the entire leadership of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, the party is in state of confusion. PDP must thus be reorganized ahead of the 2011 general elections. The reorganization is essential to the strategy the party will adopt in selling their candidates to the electorate. The most important aspect of the reorganization is to jettison the zoning agreement to pave way for the emergence of popular candidates during the party’s primaries....   [tags: Government] 1239 words
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The Democratic Nation of Jordan - The Democratic Nation of Jordan A few months ago I read an article in a magazine. It made me so angry that I was practically seething with rage. The article was written by Norma Khouri a young woman who lived in the province of Jordan. She was about 25, old enough to live her own life and make her own decisions, however she could not. Norma came from a middle class family whose parents had no ambitions for her beyond marriage. Norma and her best friend Dalia were eager to find jobs for themselves and had ambitions to become successful....   [tags: Papers] 428 words
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The Weaknesses of the Democratic Government in Italy - The Weaknesses of the Democratic Government in Italy One of the main weaknesses of the Italian Democratic Government was the way it was made up and what it consisted of. During the course of time from when the unification of Italy took place through to the end of the First World War, the parliamentary system had established itself only through bribery and corruption. This was called ‘transformismo’. The proportional representation system meant that there were lots of splinter parties, and that coalitions had to be formed in order for there to be any kind of majority....   [tags: Papers] 597 words
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Jeffersonian Democratic Republicans - The Jeffersonian Democratic Republicans were characterized as strict constructionists. Which explains why they wanted the United States to be controlled by the states, not a central government. On August thirteenth eighteen hundred, Thomas Jefferson addressed the nation to let individual know that The United States was much too large to have a central government to direct the affairs of the nation. Meaning that we have the need of state officials and not just the national leaders. Therefore, we have independent states to handle the events and laws within the boundaries of each state....   [tags: History] 295 words
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Democratic Development in Dharamsala - Democratic Development in Dharamsala The year 1959 brought enormous changes to the life of Tenzin Gyatso, Tibet’s fourteenth Dalai Lama. At the age of fifteen, he was forced to assume political power as Tibet’s supreme temporal ruler. Although the Dalai Lama does not traditionally assume secular power until the age of eighteen, advances made by the Chinese Red Army forced him to ascend to this position prematurely. Needless to say, there was an immense amount of pressure on the teenaged boy: not only was he the religious leader of millions of Tibetans, he was now also their political leader as well....   [tags: Tibet Government Papers] 4079 words
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The Struggle Towards a Democratic Nation - The Struggle Towards a Democratic Nation Education Position Paper The Struggle Towards a Democratic Nation Imperialism of one sort or another has been occurring for centuries around the world. In the U.S. a specific form of imperialism is in full effect but is less noticeable than the normative physical imperialism. Linguistic imperialism occurs when a dominant group imposes their language on another, and within the United States this imperialism has been occurring through English. English is the language set up by the American society to be the dominant official language....   [tags: essays papers]
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Comparing the Democratic and Republican Parties - Comparing the Democratic and Republican Parties Ralph Nader campaigned for the 2001 Presidency by arguing that there are no real differences between the two major parties. In a broad sense, that statement might seem true. Major political parties play a majoritarian role in an otherwise pluralistic democracy in the United States. They are both majoritarian institutions trying to win control of the government. The differences between the parties lie in each party’s beliefs about the purpose and scope of government....   [tags: Papers] 2150 words
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The Constitution as A Democratic Document - Upon the opening words of the Constitution, "We the People…do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America," one must ask, who are these people. While the American Constitution provided its citizens with individual rights, many members were excluded. Elite framers manipulated the idea of a constitution in order to protect their economic interests and the interests of their fellow ‘white land and slave owning men' by restricting the voices of women, slaves, indentured servants and others....   [tags: Political Science] 936 words
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Party Influence on Democratic Elections - ... The FPTP causes parties to be put in a position of total dominance in Parliament. Clearly, the electoral system used to allocate representatives into Parliament is a benefit to the parties who gain an overall majority in the House of Commons. Despite the appearance of a central authority held by winning parties, a sense of interparty cooperation is preserved. Ultimately, the consent of the parliament is required to pass laws that the single-party government offers, and parliamentary rules require that the committees of each chamber involve members from different parties in similar proportions to the number of seats they hold in parliament....   [tags: Political Science]
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Barack Obama and the Democratic Party - ... Instead, the ideology created fetid cesspools of stagnation downstream from government’s dam. The victims trapped by liberal ideology, wade in these wretched cesspools and slums. Generations of casualties suffer from shattered, wasted lives in every region held tightly in the greedy clutches of the Democratic Party’s radical left wing. Americans are not victims of the free enterprise or Capitalism, but from out-of-control government. The President blames Wall Street, Business, Banks, and dozens of other things for unemployment and the worst economy since the great depression and the disparity of wealth and income....   [tags: Politics] 1065 words
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The Effect of Political Machines on the Democratic System - The Effect of Political Machines on the Democratic System “A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude To make them love it is the task assigned” - Aldous Huxley (Quotes, 1). Through the strong sarcasm in this statement the negative effect political bosses have on a liberal society can be seen....   [tags: Papers] 784 words
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The Democratic Value of Whitman's Leaves of Grass - The Democratic Value of Whitman's Leaves of Grass Early reviews of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass evince an incipient awareness of the unifying and acutely democratic aspects of the poetry. An article in the November 13th, 1856, issue of the New York Daily Times describes the modest, self-published book of twelve seemingly formless poems: "As we read it again and again, and we will confess that we have returned to it often, a singular order seems to arise out of its chaotic verses" (2). The Daily Times's identification of "order" out of "chaos" in Leaves of Grass parallels America's theoretical declaration of e pluribus unum, one out of many—a uniquely democratic objective....   [tags: Whitman Leaves of Grass Essays]
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The Democratic Party is Out of Touch with America - The Democratic Party is Out of Touch with America Major realignments have taken place in American political history. After the Great Depression, the Democratic Party gained significant amounts of political clout. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) won the Presidency right after the onset of the depression, and his party gained significant amount of seats in both houses of Congress. The primary reason for the Democratic emergence into the dominant political party of the time was FDR’s New Deal, which created many jobs for individuals who were without....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Canadian Governing System is not Fair or Democratic - There are Canadian citizens who thought that the Canadian government we have is perfect, citizens who believed that every aspect of the government was truly democratic, and citizens who believe that government could do no wrong. Truly this group of believers has been living a lie. In our Canadian system of government, large aspects within are far from democratic and need to be changed. Liberal-minded people will cry out for a change in order for government to serve the people better, and on the other hand the more conservative thinkers will argue that no change is needed because our government is efficient and considerate....   [tags: essays research papers] 1396 words
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Democratic America in the Eyes of Howard Zinn - Democratic America in the Eyes of Howard Zinn In the first essay written by Howard Zinn he tries to answer the question of “How Democratic Is America?”. He seems to know what he is talking a great deal about government but it seems like anybody can just talk about how our government works and to say that that is the definition of democracy. The only thing he did differently was using an increase in vocabulary and try to talk about the same thing over and over again. Where Zinn could have said that democracy not only requires formal system of government equality to all Americans....   [tags: Papers] 657 words
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Democratic and Undemocratic Aspects of the Constitutional Convention - Democratic and Undemocratic Aspects of the Constitutional Convention The Articles of Confederation was the first government of the United States. The Articles had created a very weak national government. At the time the Articles were approved, they had served the will of the people. Americans had just fought a war to get freedom from a great national authority--King George III (Patterson 34). But after this government was put to use, it was evident that it was not going to keep peace between the states....   [tags: American America History]
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To What Extent Was Jacksonian Democracy Democratic? - To What Extent Was Jacksonian Democracy Democratic.      During the administration of Andrew Jackson, the United States was a nation of change both politically and socially. American society was a society of opportunity. Americans felt that, given a chance, they could make a better life for themselves. This was the era of the common people, the era of democracy. Andrew Jackson appealed to the American people because he stood for values many regarded with favor. However democratic Jackson may seem, he was more tyrant-like than any of his predecessors....   [tags: History Historical Jackson Essays] 1193 words
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Redford’s Concept of Democratic Morality - ... To accept this concept in its entirety would be to accept that democracy is not prevalent and that public opinion does not prevail beyond those ideas put forth by interest groups. Instead, it is more plausible to suggest that these groups bring attention to controversial issues such as when civil rights leaders of the 1960’s shed light to the rest of the world regarding the Jim Crow Laws of the south and leaders of the “Women’s Suffrage Movement” garnered attention for their cause. Special interest groups merely bring issues to the forefront, the power remains in the hands of the voters in the execution of universal participation....   [tags: Government]
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Reason Why Elections Are Less Democratic - Reason Why Elections Are Less Democratic The reason why elections are less democratic is because some people say that money is taking away from our well known democracy, but in other instances we have the greatest democracy compared to other countries of our vast magnitude. Throughout the nineteenth century campaigns were ran and geared toward the party. Instead of voting for a person you were voting for an individual party either federalist or democratic-republican. Today, in the twentieth century, we vote for the candidate and their true character or what they have to offer us....   [tags: essays research papers] 548 words
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Key Features of a Liberal Democratic State - Key Features of a Liberal Democratic State The whole innovation of "Democracy" was derived as far back as five hundred B.C in Athens. The term came from the Greek language, "demos" meaning people and "cracy" meaning power. It was created because of the failing current system being an aristocracy due to trading, new battle tactics and because people were starting to want to have there own say rather than let a noble claim it. With only fifty thousand people with citizenship it was more practical just to have a public assembly where everyone had the right to speak and no decision could be taken which did not meet with the approval of an majority....   [tags: Papers] 903 words
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The Role of Chieftainship in a Democratic South Africa - Kgoshi ke kgoshi ka batho when translated conveys that chiefs are chiefs because of the people. Chieftainship was the ancient way of governance in Africa and particularly in Southern Africa. Chieftainship was also considered the most common form of political structures in Southern Africa. Prior to the apartheid era chiefs and kings were very influential on the people in the Zulu, Pedi, Swazi, Ndebele, the Transkei tribes and other tribes in South Africa. In their political system chiefs and kings were seen as superior figures in the society and most individuals living in their clan had to follow orders conveyed by the chief and king....   [tags: culture, Tribes, Chief] 904 words
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Civil Disobedience and It's Relation to the Democratic Process - ... The American constitution, though less discrete, is too founded on this right. In the first amendment it states that the right to petition government for a redress of grievances is as fundamental as the freedom of speech(archive.gov). All of the Founding Fathers heavily studied the doctrines of John Locke who is regarded as the chief theoretician on republican philosophy. Locke argued that civil liberty ultimately rests on the right to revolt, and the right to seek refuge from oppression in vacuus locus; self determination....   [tags: Government]
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Conflict and Corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo - ... Instead he promoted his own self-wealth and only allowed one party to rule for over 20 years. Many people in his country were greatly unhappy with the way he operated. “Opposition to his rule came from numerous Congolese exiles, ethnic groups that had played decisive roles in previous governments, small farmers who gained no share in the attempted economic revival, and some university students. He also faced a continuing threat of attacks on the Shaba region (Mobutu's Africanized name for the Katanga province) by Katangese rebels based in Angola” ”(Encyclopedia Britannica 2010)....   [tags: Africa]
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Whitman's Leaves of Grass: Democratic Themes - Leaves of Grass: Democratic Themes When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer I Hear America Singing In his Preface to Leaves of Grass, Whitman states, “The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem”. Whitman was the ultimate Transcendentalist/ Romantic. He united democratic themes and subject matter with free verse form. In Leaves of Grass, Whitman celebrates unity of all life and people. He embraces diversity of geography, culture, work, sexuality, and beliefs. Whitman’s impact solidifies American dreams of independence, freedom, and fulfillment, and transforms them for larger spiritual meaning....   [tags: Leaves of Grass Whitman] 697 words
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Bill Clinton - Redefines Democratic-republican - Bill Clinton - Redefines Democratic-Republican In the early 1800's, the United States was but a promising seedling in search of viable political direction. The initial parties were known as the federalists and the Democratic-Republicans, the first of which soon diminished and the later eventually bisected. The result is the two party Democrat and GOP system which the majority of politicians of current day subscribe. However, many political and economic analysts find themselves perplexed by an incredible new phenomenon radiating from the white house - the economic policies of President Bill Clinton....   [tags: essays research papers] 1048 words
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College Writing in a Democratic and Digital Society - College Writing in a Democratic and Digital Society Citizens of the United States spend obscene amounts of money to get a quality college education. For example, Rhetoric classes at Oakland University are costing each student about $600 to take for one semester. What are students getting for their money. One way to really make this class part of the college experience, and worth the high cost, would be to involve multiculturalism. Writing about and listening to other peoples personal experiences can help students learn about and better understand other cultures....   [tags: Education College Technology Essays]
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The Contemporary Family as More Democratic and Equal - The Contemporary Family as More Democratic and Equal In the course of this essay I shall be looking at the role of the family. In doing so I shall be examining various studies carried out, showing what the role of the family should be. This will include views by Willmott and Young, and contrasting ones of such authors as Ann Oakley, a feminist. The family is often looked upon as a social institution, a bond that joins individuals into families. This bond is reinforced by marriage, economic co-operation and sexual activity leading to the eventual conception of new life....   [tags: Sociology Family Science]
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SADC: A Private Club or A Democratic Institution? - ... 5. Economic According to The World Bank (2011), it stated that in 2003, the SADC region had a population of about 209 million and a regional GDP amounting to US$245 billion. SADC becomes a dominant economy, South Africa, which constitutes about 20% of the population but 70% of the regional aggregate GDP. The South African economy is more sophisticated and diversified, like the share of manufacturing its GDP and total export is larger, and its financial depth is greater. South Africa exports five times as much other SADC countries as it imports from them, and has bilateral surpluses with each of them....   [tags: Economics]
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