Plato and Aristotle on Democracy

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Question 1.

Democracy is a form of government where people choose leaders through elections and social construct that are based on the equality of everyone within the state. It is a form of government were majority and public opinions combine to choose leaders with respect to the social structure of a particular society, taking into consideration the social laws, rules, traditions, norms, values, and culture. Plato and Aristotle tow of the most influential figures in Greek philosophy. Both Plato and Aristotle were big critics of democracy as a poor form of government. Aristotle’s views about democracy hold that democratic office will cause corruption in the people, if the people choose to redistribute the wealth of the
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Shamelessness is seen as courage by the of youth of America, this can be seen through such culturally important films as “Jackass” which influenced an entire generation to believe that idiotic shamelessness was actually a type of courage.
Plato also argues that Politian’s will not know what is just and unjust. I have to disagree with that Politian’s today do know the difference, due in part to the fact they people who hold public office are highly educate individuals. Now, whether they decided to have their actions reflect their understandings and knowledge that is a different story.
Aristotle’s argument against democracy is for the most part very valid. It is funny in a way that in the past 1500 years we as humans still adopt the same survivor skills (except for some minor changes). If we look at the US post 9/11, our then leader George W. Bush, who at the time was a very charismatic leader, was able to really public opinion behind him. He was able to change all of the National security as well as anti-terror policies to a point that most people would consider them tyrannical.
One portion of Aristotle’s views that does not apply in today’s American democracy is that of the not allowing the poor to serve in public office. In the past three administrations the people that hold the higher offices not only are they highly educated, they happen to be also


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