Democracy: Philosophical Definition

What is democracy?

From the Greek “demokratia”, the term democracy relates to popular government. It is, above all, a political system in which the people, that is to say the citizenry, holds sovereignty.

Definitions of Philosophers:

Sinclair Lewis: “In general, apart from outrageous exceptions, democracy has given the ordinary worker more dignity than he has ever had”

Gandhi: “Democracy, based on the idea that I do, should provide the same opportunities weaker than stronger. Only nonviolence can achieve this goal ”

Aristotle: “Democracy means government of the poor or those less fortunate”

Henry Ford: “The democracy that I favor is one that gives everyone the same chance of success, depending on the capacity of each. The one that I reject is that which claims to provide the number the authority which belongs to merit ”

Spinoza: “Democracy is the union of men in a unit that has a sovereign right group on everything in its power”

Rousseau: “The sovereign can […] the filing of the Government commit to all the people or the majority of the people, so there are more citizens are magistrates than individuals. Given to this form of government called democracy ”

Churchill: “Democracy is the worst political system, with the exception of all others”


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