Democracy NowBy SilverThe word
is purposefully used today to mean things far different fromwhat it originally meant.
’s meaning has had several things done to it. In one way
it could be seen as having been expanded, yet it has also been altered fundamentally andthen narrowed back down. This transformation begins in classical Greece with the original
and ends today with a term far removed from what it once meant.
now a term used in politics as justification, and is something that the “western world”
thinks it possesses.The origins of
begin in ancient Greece over two millennia ago, and eventhen democracy was not pure. To idealists with their heads in the sand and those who
believe in “pure”
it is a government that is formed entirely of the people whom
it governs. That some people view this as “pure”
is evidence in itself that it hassteadily lost meaning over time. This form of
has never existed, yet peoplereference Classical Greece as a time when it did.
Aristotle did say, “Democracy [is]
indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.” Un
fortunately the situation he
describes didn’t happen. Even then the government was not “of the people,” it was of
The only people who could vote in government affairs were male citizenlandowners. This means that at that time, a
of the population had no say inmatters. Women, slaves, and people without land were excluded from government affairs.The reality of what Greek
was means that those who believe in the “pure”
believe in a narrowed down version of what its roots were. Even thissupposedly basic definition is an alteration of what history presents. From this