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Basic Concepts of Democracy

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Brandi Staples

on 7 September 2012

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Transcript of Basic Concepts of Democracy

Basic Concepts of Democracy Foundations of Government Recognition of the fundamental worth and dignity of every person
A respect for the equality of every person
A faith in majority rule and an instance upon minority rights
An acceptance of the necessity for compromise
An insistence upon the widest possible degree of individual freedom. Democracy is firmly based upon a belief in the fundamental importance of the individual.
Dignity and worth is very important in democratic thought.
People can be forced to do certain things whether they want to or not. For example, paying taxes or registering for the draft, or even stopping at a stop sign.
When a democratic society forces people to follow these things it is serving the interests of many. Worth of the Individual Equality of All Persons Democracy stresses the equality of all individuals
Does not run on the principle that everyone is the same
Insists that all are entitled to: equality of opportunity and equality before the law.
No person should be held back for any reason such as race, color, religion or gender.
Each person must be free to develop themselves as fully as they can (or care to)
Each person should be treated as equal of all other persons before the law Majority Rule, Minority Rights Democracy argues that a majority of the people will be right more often than they will be wrong. Necessity of Compromise In democracy, compromise is an important aspect that helps government function properly.
It is a process of combining ideas in a give-and-take fashion.
Compromise helps ensure equality in a political process. Also, majority will be right more often than will any one person or small group. Democracy can be described as an experiment or a trial-and-error process designed to find satisfactory ways to order human relations. Democracy insists that the minority not be suppressed by the majority. Individual Freedom Democracy insists upon the widest possible degree of individual freedom.
These freedoms cannot effect the freedom of others and must be constrained within the law. How the System Works The free enterprise system of the United States, like democracy, relies on individual freedoms.

America's system is based on the free market

It is the government job to protect the public and to preserve private enterprise Government and the Free Enterprise System The free enterprise system is an economic system characterized by private ownership of capital goods
Decisions are determined by the law of supply and demand
A mixed economy is an economy in which private enterprise exists in a combination with government regulation and promotion Democracy and the Internet For democracy to work, people must be widely informed about their government.
The Internet makes information widely available but users have to evaluate the information found because it is not all true.
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