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The Basic Concepts of Democracy

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Tyrone Seymour

on 15 January 2013

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The ideas that Americans must believe in for our country to work The Basic Concepts of Democracy Worth of the Individual Equality of all persons Majority rule, Minority Rights Necessity of compromise Individual Freedom Free Enterprise Compromise: An adjustment of opposing principles or systems by modifying some aspect of each Words to Know Free Enterprise (System): An economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods; investments that are determined by private decision rather than by State control, and determined in a free market Law of Supply and Demand: A law which states that when supplies of goods and services become plentiful, prices tend to drop. When supplies become scarcer, prices tend to rise. Mixed Economy: An economy in which private enterprise exists with a considerable amount of government regulation and promotion Foundations (sub-heading #1) The Worth of the individual

Equality of all persons

Majority Rule, Minority Rights

Necessity of Compromise

Individual Freedom In my opinion, this was the paragraph that best explains the term worth of the individual:
Democracy is firmly based upon in the fundamental importance of the individual. Each individual, no matter what his or her station in life, is a separate and distinct being. Equality of all persons As you read this section, there are eight sentences that contain the the word equality or equal Here is one of those sentences
"That is, the democratic concept of equality holds that no person should be held back for any such arbitrary reasons as those based on race, color, religion, or gender As part of your class work, find and write down the other 7 quotations that contain equal/equality What is your interpretation of the section that you just read?
Support your rationale. Majority rules, Minority rights On the Surface, this is an easy idea to understand. Basically, the group with the most people/support rule, but they must allow others to maintain their rights But we will need to dig a little deeper to uncover what this really means. The worth of the individual page 18&19
Please read this section and make a mental note on which one of the three paragraphs best defines what "worth of the individual means" Be prepared to support your answer with facts from the textbook or other sources used in class. The Worth of the Individual As you read this section write down the rationale (reasons) that democracy is based on the will of the majority. What the majority must do to make sure that everyone maintains their rights Necessity of Compromise Remember, our glossary defines compromise as: An adjustment of opposing principles or systems by modifying some aspect of each In the book Compromise is defined as: "The process
of blending and adjusting competing views and interests How would you define compromise?
You will be tempted to give me an example, But that is not what I want. I need for you to DEFINE compromise In a democracy, there are two reasons for compromise First, in a democracy every person has the right to have their opinion heard and every citizen is equal. Compromise ensures that everyone's viewpoint is heard and considered. Second, Many things that are debated are not simple things to solve. By compromising we give ourselves the best chance for a good solution to the problem Individual Freedom In a democracy, people can do whatever they like as long as it is not against the law As citizens, we have the right and the duty to make sure that our individual freedoms are not taken away In a perfect democracy, Individual freedoms are only restricted enough to meet the needs of the citizens within the society
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