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Is Real Democracy Possible ?

Is Real Democracy Possible ?

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this was brief look at what democracy is, whether it is possible in this world we live in, also exploring different types of democracy. and in the end power currupts absolutly.
this was brief look at what democracy is, whether it is possible in this world we live in, also exploring different types of democracy. and in the end power currupts absolutly.

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05/01/2014

 
 Political Essay: 2
Name: John MayStudent Number: 07113749Tutor: Garrett Ó Boyle
 
Q. Is Real Democracy Possible?
“Democracy is the worst form of government except all the other forms that have been tried from time to time”
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This essay will go into detail as to what democracy is, if it can be achieved or whether it even exists. This essay will also contextualise the historical authenticity of democracy. What democracy represents and the different ways it may be achieved insociety. In recent decades the question of democracy and what forms democracy actuallytakes has been put forward. This is important due to the fact that there are many differentideologies within democracies for example real democracy verses radical democracy.The origins of the word or term democracy can be traced all the way back toAncient Greece.
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Like all words ending in ‘cracy’ democracy comes from the Greek wordKratos, meaning power or rule, thus democracy means ‘ rule by the demos’, demosreferring to the Greek word for people.
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 Basically Democracy is defined literally as the power of the people.
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The people rule and decide who will carry out decisions on their  behalf. There are many ideologies which form the basis for a democracy the main onesare: capitalism, liberalism, socialism, conservatism and communism. In 1864 AbrahamLincoln addressed the people of the American civil war saying “democracy is the virtueof government of the people, by the people for the people”
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. This applies to any of theideologies as long as they are preformed correctly. What Lincoln stated forged the wayfor misinterpretations. The basic principal of democracy is that the people vote fairly for 
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Winston Churchill, Speech in U.K. House of Commons (1974).
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Heywood Andrew,
 Politics
, 3
rd
edition, Macmillan, Ireland (2007), p.72.
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Ibid, Heywood Andrew,
 Politics
, 3
rd
edition, Macmillan, Ireland (2007), p.72.
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Sartori Giovanni,
 Democratic Theory
, Greenwood Press, Westport U.S.A. (1962), 2
nd
ed. P.4.
5
Ibid, Heywood Andrew,
 Politics
, 3
rd
edition, Macmillan, Ireland (2007), p.72.
2
 
their government to rule for them. The people vote for leaders and parties who they think will fulfil their needs. Governments of the present day supposedly attempt to rule for the people on their behalf. However what might be in the best interest of the people in one branch of society may not be suitable for others. Is this then real democracy gone wrong?The answer to that is no. No because in order for a government in a real democracy to run smoothly,sacrifices must be made to facilitate important things such as budgets in relation toschools roads and other important facilities, in other words the needs verses the wants of  people. What does undermine real democracy and makes it fail is when decisions aremade on the basis of money or personal gain to the decision makers which often results inthe loss or change or even delaying of services to the people, who have voted fairly for their constitutional rights and needs to be addressed. The people’s wants are in thisscenario not met as a result of government corruption.Democracy’ is one of the most abused words in the political dictionary.
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Almostevery politician you can think of from Bush, Blair to Thatcher swears by it
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. Blatantlyundemocratic regimes call themselves democracies; the ruling party of the Egyptiandictator, Hosni Mubarak, is called the National Democratic Party; the Stalinist one-partystates of Eastern Europe called themselves People’s Democracies.
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Does this underminethe whole democratic system; is it then fair to say that as a result of a few bad examples
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