Democracy And Its Impact On Society

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Many forms of government have been created and modified throughout history; however, the most well-established and refined is democracy. Today, as mentioned by W. L. Newman, author of Politics of Aristotle, there are four main governments: communism, totalitarian, socialism, and democracy. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses; yet, democracy 's effectiveness outweighs its deficiencies. Today, even the United States of America’s democracy is being brought into question and compared to a form of minor socialism by some presidential candidates. Thus, it is imperative to understand why democracy has made such a positive impact on countries that have established it as their government. If the general public continues ignoring the infinite powers of democracy as a government type, democracy may well be lost and replaced. Thus, the prime form of government for all first world countries is a democratic republic because it allows for a freedom of speech, acts as a safety valve through re-election every cycle, and grants its citizens their fundamental rights. Government types have existed forever as they are essential to the well-being of a nation or country. According to Orestes Brownson L.L.D., an activist, preacher, labor organizer and publicist, the first recorded form of government was the patriarchal system. In a patriarchal system, men make all the decisions pertaining to society. This heavily influenced what may be the most well-established and well-known system of government, the monarchy. The monarchical system of government consists of rule from an omnipotent and often singular ruler, deemed a monarch. There are approximately 110 countries that have been ruled under a monarchical system of government at one point or another... ... middle of paper ... ...enlightened form is democracy. Democracy includes a the most efficient balance between freedom and law enforcement. A communistic form establishes to many laws to allow for any freedom of speech or religion, a totalitarian form completely eradicates any freedom not deemed acceptable by the leader, and a socialistic form forces the wealthy to provide for the poorer, often leading to a lack of work ethic in the lower class, and thus lack of freedom in the upper class. Thus democracy balances these two attributes well, allowing for both a large substantial amount of freedom, without forgetting to enforce laws to keep the public safe. Hence, the optimum form of government for all first world countries is a democratic republic because it allows for a freedom of speech, acts as a safety valve through re-election every cycle, and grants its citizens their fundamental rights.

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