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    Dark Money Summary

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    In our electoral system money certainly talks, but the question is how much and in what way. In Dark Money, the author makes the argument that benefactors like the Koch brothers are using their money to more or less buy influence in the system by building a political network. In End of Discussion Ham and Benson also point to a similar network among liberals that also attempted to do the same. For many people they track the influence of this Dark Money to the decision in Citizens United. While…

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    Plebiscite In Chile

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    the success on his economic reconstruction. The “Chilean economic miracle” that started in 1997 had unimaginable economic growth. The annual expansion of the economy was 6-8%, being extremely high. It is the norm in the United States to say that democracy is the way the government should be run and nothing good can come out of authoritarianism. On the contrary the results of the plebiscite in Chile show that a democratic government who couldn’t efficiently have a progressing economy, led their…

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    successful examples of democracy in history. There are four main qualifications for any democracy; fair elections, active citizens in the democratic process, protected rights for all citizens, and the ability to equally enforce laws on all citizens. The United States’ government possesses all of these qualities, however, democracy can not just be measured through these four criteria. The political process and development of the government is a crucial aspect of any successful democracy. There…

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    Democracy is a political system in which the people have the power to rule the government. Citizens can influence and affect the decisions made by the government, directly or indirectly. The country we live in is a representative democracy, where we indirectly affect our government. Citizens elect an official that represents their population in governmental decisions and political issues. On the other hand, in a direct democracy each individual represents himself and can directly participate in…

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    by means of voting and debate. Representative democracy derives its legitimacy from the electoral process which weeds out any unfit candidates who lack the fundamental depth of knowledge it takes to rule effectively. As the elected officials are drawn from the larger civic body, the precondition of a democracy being of the people is maintained, thus debunking the question of their “elitism” raised in the prompt. If and only if this form of democracy is filled with an engaged citizenry…

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    In what sense are all men created equal according to the Declaration of Independence? The majority of the Declaration of Independence is a listing of all the injustices that the King of England has committed against the colonies. However, it is important to understand why these injustices are deemed unjust by Jefferson and the other writers of the Declaration of Independence. All the reasons can be boiled down to the statement that Jefferson makes proclaiming that “all men are created equal.”…

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    people while democracy excessively involves itself. The government is in charge of maintaining order and so it is their job to protect it’s citizens by creating laws that stop discrimination. History has a way of showing that certain groups of people will try to gain power by eliminating other groups and that disregards the socialist government when laws are ignored. However, the government does not need to waste its resources dictating how people should live. A key failure in democracy is that…

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    Tocqueville: Final Exam In Tocqueville’s Democracy in America he is hopeful because of the similarities and sameness that American democracy and French democracy shared and continue to share. Democracy is a pivotal part to America and the way of life American’s are accustomed to. From the founding fathers to the first colonies of New England democracy has always been a part of it. A country without full democracy cannot survive, looking at slavery when African Americans were no longer allowed…

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    Jefferson Smith become a senator? Also, compare his characteristics with the other candidates. Given the difficulty of finding a suitable Senator, just mentioning the name of Jefferson Smith, a young idealist full of innocence and American ideals of democracy, a subject that seems easy to handle and deceive. If Smith already is quite naive, the young man also relies heavily on his colleague, Senator Paine, since he and his father were close friends from youth. For this reason, Paine encourages…

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    Robert Dahl On Democracy

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    In modern thought, democracy is considered as the ideal form of governance; it is a tool to usher in freedom and progress to citizens of a state. While the term “democracy” is used liberally to describe a wide array of governing systems, it is assumed that most “democratic” governments share similar principles that highlight individual freedoms. Robert Dahl, in On Democracy, makes his case for the democratic system. Dahl argues throughout the book that democracy should not just be viewed as…

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