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WHAT IS

DEMOCRACY?
Democracy: (from the Greek demos, “the people”; kratein, “to rule”) a political system in
which the people of a country rule through any form of government they choose to establish

 Democracy is the best way to meet the diverse needs of the people
 People make decisions that reflect the will of the majority
 True democratic citizens not only enjoy their rights and freedoms, but they also take
very seriously the responsibilities of living democratically
 Open communication and mass participation are also important responsibilities of the
democratic citizen
 The democratic citizen upholds
 Human dignity
 Respects the rights
 Works for the common good
 Has a sense of responsibility for other people

ELEMENTS OF
DEMOCRACY
Rule of Law:
Arbitrary power is restricted by well-defined and established laws

Political Equality:
Everyone under the law will get equal treatment, and the same status

Common Good:
An interest or benefit for all citizens

Personal Freedom:
Freedom for a person’s privacy, and their freedoms/rights

Human Dignity:
A sense of self-respect, empowerment, and self-worth

Political Freedom:
A freedom from oppression and the absence of disabling conditions

Being informed and getting involved:
Everyone must be informed about their government, and being involved in it.

Respect:
An admiration for everyone and an admiration for their leaders