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    Based on Aristotle’s definitions of Oligarchy and Democracy, can America be considered a true democracy? Aristotle points out several forms of government throughout his “Democracy and Oligarchy”. In this work, Aristotle focuses primarily on democracy and oligarchy and makes a strong effort through the use of definitions to distinguish between the many instances these two forms of government are able to exist in and the differences between the them. Using Aristotle’s definitions, let us diagnose…

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    Today, various forms of government exist across the world as remnants and variations of the original ideals developed years ago by historic philosophers like John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and James Harrington. Philosophers have played a substantial role in the development of law and government over the course of history in roughly every civilization and they basically served as innovators in the field of moral principles, ethics, and human rights. One of the larger political innovations of the past…

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    Every nation and country has a way of running itself; a way to govern what is considered lawful and unlawful. In the United States of American, there is a massive controversial debate about whether our democracy is majoritarian or if it is more pluralistic in nature. Some may argue that the mass public, or every citizen in the country, is able to control the government’s actions. Others will state that many groups are able to work together amongst themselves to be able to allow more involvement…

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    In Democracy Declassified: The Secrecy Dilemma in National Security, Michael Colaresi attempts to address the question of how democracies balance the need for both foreign policy and national secrets while maintaining public accountability. Many other theories on the topic address how democracies use secrecy to their benefit. Reiter and Stam (2002), for instance, believe that democracies use covert actions to keep foreign policy decision and actions from becoming public. Additionally, John…

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    The Purpose of Government The Constitution is an amazing document that was an aspiration of the founding fathers and the included preamble outlines the freedoms they sought out. The preamble begins with “We the People of the United States…”, our founding fathers created a list of actions they wished to pursue within the beginning of the constitution. The dysfunctional colonies were inspired by their words and in turn become united for a new cause. Clearly, the government over seas wasn’t…

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    Carl Becker wrote about the “ideal democracy” in a government. The main purpose of his lecture is to make a clear understanding on the nature of democracy. He compares it with other forms of government that confide in a autocracy and the leadership of the few rather than the many. He states his concrete definition of democracy as, “A democratic government has always meant one in which the citizens, or a sufficient number of them to represent more or less effectively the common will, freely to…

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    Government and Rights People are born with natural rights and have the right to exercise them no matter what type of government they abide by. In 1790, Edmund Burke wrote the essay, Reflections on the Revolution in France in response to the French Revolution. That same month, Mary Wollstonecraft responded to Burke with her Vindication of the Rights of Man, challenging his work. Burke and Wollstonecraft present a unique and persuasive argument in regards to the role of government and its…

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    Plebiscite In Chile

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    The status of Latin American Governments has ranged from opposite ideological ends of the spectrum. After Salvador Allende, who was democratically elected by the Chilean people, was over thrown by Agusto Pinochet due to poor economic reform and a spike in inflation, the state of Chile efficiently turned around the economy because of neo-liberal economic policy enforced by not a democratic government but an authoritarian state. Pinochet’s powers associated with being a dictator allowed him to…

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    the argument that I find most compelling. Poor individuals’ desires are often ignored when experts make policy recommendations intended to enhance the economy of the entire nation. In collectivist nations, this is especially problematic, where autocracies that have been propped up by technocratic development experts perpetuate a cycle that silences individuals for the sake of the nation. Easterly argues that allowing individuals the protections that give them options for free speech, including…

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    Dictatorship In The 1980's

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    During the 1980’s there was a movement towards a democratic government from dictatorships. The leading four factors, that the author Padraic Kenney thought to be causing the change in the type of government from dictatorships to a democracy was: nonviolence, technological advancements, transnationality, and the emergence of human rights. Dictators weren’t as popular in countries under that type of government because the people of those countries wanted better human rights and that meant voting…

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