Winston Churchill’s View on Democracy Essay

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Winston Churchill’s View on Democracy

Perhaps the most recognized prime minister of the 20th century, Winston Churchill commented, in 1947, "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried." What he meant by this is that democracy has many faults, but all other forms of government have proved to be worse for citizens. On the other hand, democracy isn’t perfect – and building an efficient democracy takes a long time. For democracy to function well, citizens must be well­educated to make effective decisions. Democracy is also fragile and so can break down if citizens are ignorant, mal­informed, or self­interested. Also, in corrupt countries with so­called
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Capitalism, in contract, is based on competition, so that in a capitalist economy, individuals and companies compete for their own economic gain. Under communism, private property is abolished, and resources are shared fairly among members of society. The goal is that all disparities of wealth and class are eliminated so that citizens can live in harmony and eventually there would be no more need for state. In 1917, during WWI, a revolution overthrew the Russian tsar, Nicholas II. After years of civil war the
Bolsheviks, who renamed themselves Communists in 1918, gained complete control of the country. In 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was founded. When the leader of the Bolsheviks, Vladimir Lenin, died, a struggle for power between Joseph Stalin and Léon
Trotsky began. Stalin made several attacks on Trotsky for being unfaithful to Leninism. Stalin was consistent in his attacks on Trotsky and Trotsky was eventually exiled in December 1927.

Trotsky was later assassinated in Mexico City on August 20, 1940. Ironically, the USSR, and the other communist governments that emerged later in the century became highly repressive. In the end, these communist revolutions morphed into totalitarian regimes. And so, these idealistic
Communist revolutions have resulted in mass genocides, poverty, unfairness, lack of health care, lack of education, crop failures,

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