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Copy of Basic Concepts of Democracy

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Shelly Wilfong

on 11 August 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Basic Concepts of Democracy

Basic Concepts of Democracy
Elements of a
Democratic Government

Individual Worth
Individual Freedom
Minority rule, Minority Rights
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Worth of the Individual
Democracy is based on a belief in the

of every individual.

Individuals can be forced to do things that
serve the good of the many
, like paying taxes.

Equality of All Persons
All citizens are entitled to equality of opportunity
and equality before the law.
This means that no person should be held back based on gender, race, color, or religion.
Equality of All Persons
Every person must be free to develop as fully as they wish. Achieving this goal of equality is an ongoing process

Majority Rules, Minority Rights

The majority will not always make the best decisions or even the right decisions, but in a democracy their choices can be improved or changed over time.

Necessity of Compromise
Compromise is a key part of the democratic process.

In a society made of many equal individuals with different opinions and interests, public decisions require compromises.

Most public issues can be addressed in several ways.

Determining which way best meets the needs of the public also requires compromise.
Necessity of Compromise
Compromise is a way of reaching majority agreement.

Not all compromises are good or necessary.
Individual Freedom
Democracy cannot allow complete individual freedom, which would lead to anarchy and lawlessness.

Democracy does require that each individual be as free as possible without interfering with the freedom of others.

Democratic government works constantly to find the balance between individual freedom and government authority.
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For example, in Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unequal.

The majority must respect the rights of minorities and listen to their viewpoint.
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