Is democracy in decline and if so, does it matter? What are the essential pillars of a truly democratic society? Is it simply that all citizens can vote, or is there more to it? Are there advantages to living in a democracy and if so, what are they? Or are there other political systems that provide more advantages for their citizens?
For its annual international essay contest, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs calls on students worldwide to answer the following question:
Is it important to live in a democracy?
The essay should include a definition/explanation of the concept of democracy (written in the student's own words) and then explain why democracy is--or is not--important.
*Style: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted…Continue
Living in democracy, does it really make a difference?
What is democracy? According to the SIL (Sistema de Información Legislativa), democracy is a term used to define a government system in which the people have the power to elect their governors and participate in the decisions of the country. Democracy is the most used system, on the contrary of monarchies or aristocracies.
There is a situation in particular that I experienced personally, which made me really think about if democracy is really effective and if it really makes a different in our society. One year ago, there were elections in my home town. I am from Saltillo, Coahuila. We voted to elect the state governor and the city major. My family and I woke up early to go vote and avoid the lines. But when we arrived, there seemed to be…Continue
Democracy – the highest value of the 21st century. Who could have defined her – for each is radically different –for the slave – freedom, for hungry – bread , for the beggar -a handout, for the citizen-rights, for the master-power,for the exalted – money. Yes, there is and this fuzzy idea of democracy, an idea which stands in the way, and imposes an embargo on higher case, namely to live in peace and understanding, with freedom of speech, the freedom to travel wherever we want, with the lack of barriers to good.
Nowadays the word democracy is highly distorted – it is used as a bargaining chip in the society in the battle for the vote on elections, for power. It is used to manipulate, buys and sells human value system. It's a shame that they meant the ancient Greeks like a cult to democratic countries. Now in democracy see Themis with free eyes, free speech with tape on her mouth, freedom to travel with the barrier of lack of funds. Ask the average person what is democracy –…Continue
“Is it important to live in a democracy?”
The definition of a democracy to be referred to within the body of this essay, is a political system which is ruled by law, not individuals, allowing the procreation of the rights of citizens in the maintenance of order through the limitation of power of a central government. This essay will examine the importance of arguably one of the most defining aspects of a democratic state - the rule of law - for an individual living within a democracy. The thesis being that the rule of law within a democracy is important for the individual, however that in the modern day, a democracy is not always required to fulfil each right of a human. The main factors to be considered are the human rights set in place, as these are considered to be the most important rights reserved to an individual living within a democracy. The ability to deliver the rights to equality, an education and the freedom of thought, belief and religion will be used to…Continue
Human Rights Day is actually tomorrow (December 10), so perhaps I should be wishing you a happy Human Rights Eve.This evening I will be getting together with some friends to participate in Amnesty International's Write for Rights (…Continue