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Democracy is Vital

Jason Lee

December 31st, 2018

Democracy Is Vital

The question of whether democracy is the superior government system; colloquial covering morality and ethical values. By looking at India and Ram Nath Kovind, democracies can be imperfect and not always liberal, but democracy is the best possible system because of its…

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Is It Important to Live in a Democracy?

Erin Liu

Troy High School

10th Grade

Is it important to live in a democracy? My answer is definitely yes. Foremost, however, I would like to discuss the concept of a democracy before elaborating on its importance.

 

What is Democracy?

To my understanding, democracy involves allowing members of a group to express their opinions towards a matter, and taking those opinions into consideration regardless how different or…

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Added by Erin Liu on January 1, 2019 at 2:12am — No Comments

Is it Important to Live in a Democracy?

Heba Hamedi 

Carlsbad Early College High School

High School 9th Grade

The American Democracy

“Democracy dies in Darkness” (The Washington Post)  the saying made famous by the…

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Democracy:Freedom With a Caveat

Gage Garcia

Los Altos High School, California, U.S.A.

High School

As I walk between classes in my Silicon Valley high school, situated within a 10 mile radius of Google, Facebook, and Apple corporate headquarters as well as Sand Hill Road (the venture capital industry’s metonym) and Stanford University, I am…

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Added by Gage Garcia on January 1, 2019 at 12:48am — No Comments

Why It Is Not Always Important To Live In A Pure Democracy

Eloise Griffin 

Paul D. Schreiber High School 

Social Science Research  

Why It Is Not Always Important To Live In A Pure Democracy

Democracy is a political system whereby the entire population either directly or indirectly controls the government. A true democracy would be where the masses are relatively unfettered, but…

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Added by Eloise Griffin on January 1, 2019 at 12:45am — 1 Comment

ESSAY TOPIC: Is it important to live in a democracy? #essaycompetition2018

Name: Maria Jabeen Awwal 

School: National Defence University, Islamabad 

Level: Senior Year Undergraduate 

Twelve feet tall wall, barbed wired, a security camera, with a gigantic steel gate to guard: this is description of a normal house in Pakistan. Description of a prison in any country is the outlook of a house in Pakistan. The…

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Is it important to live in a democracy?

Chanwoong Wang

Queensland Academies for Health Sciences, Australia

High School (Year 12)

When we ask what a government should be like, many commonly assume that democracy is the only justifiable option of choice. Any form of government other than…

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Is It Important to Live in a Democracy

It is almost impossible to talk about democracy without mentioning Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America defined democracy as "government of the people, by the people and for the people.” This definition has become so infamous that many people rarely realize that the concept itself traces its origins in ancient Greece.

Democracy, literally means, rule by the people. The term is derived from the Greek…

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Why it's important to live in a democracy

Ryan Bassett

Montgomery Blair High School

High school senior

Democracy has many flaws and is undoubtedly an inefficient form of government. However, despite its flaws, I believe that it is important to live in a democracy because in the pursuit of freedom and equality, it will always provide the best compromise. When I say “democracy”, I mean a system of government under which citizens of a state vote for elect officials in meaningful…

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Is It Important to Live in a Democracy? Essay Contest 2018

Juliana Shank

Punahou School (High School)

Honolulu, HI

The question of government, or organization of power, is one that humans have been trying to find the right answer to for eons. From sprawling feudal kingdoms to totalitarian dictatorships endowed by divine right, many different styles of government have manifested themselves throughout history.

One such approach is democracy.…

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Is it important to live in a democracy?

Jonathan Min Htut

Stuyvesant High School

High School Student (11th grade)

Living in a democracy is complicated.  The general consensus would be that democracy is a governmental system that is important to live in, and I agree with that. But in today’s world, the standard of democracy is generally confusing and may be…

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Is it important to live in a democracy?

Kian Wee Kevin Goh

Undergraduate at Cornell University

Democracy comes from the Greek word dēmokratía, which literally means "rule by people". In a technical sense, democracy is simply a system of rule in any group that allows decisions to be made collectively by all its constituents, typically by manner of vote. Accordingly, democracy may occur in governments, corporations, and any sociopolitical organization of people. The…

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Democracy: The Keystone of Our Society

You Young Kim

Seoul International School

Level: High School

Hearing my grandfather state, “I’m forever grateful to Kim Il-sung,” baffled me. His words of gratitude to the first Supreme Leader and the Eternal President of North Korea did not match his heartbreaking tale of defecting to the South during the Korean War. Recalling his stories of hiding in the mountains and his relatives trapped in the isolated dictatorial communist state, I couldn’t fathom being…

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Democracy Reconsidered: The Importance of Liberal Democracy in the 21st Century

John Lubianetsky

The Barstow School

High School

Democracies are more common now as a form of government than almost any other point in history.  However, this rise has stagnated and we are now seeing a form of democratic retreat around the world.  This phenomena…

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Is it important to live in a democracy?

Name: Kotova Anastasia

University: Moscow University of Finance and Industry

Student

When asked whether it is important to live in democracy, it is important to define democracy. Democracy is a form of government characterized by the formal Declaration of…

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Added by Котова Анастасия Александровна on December 31, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

What the Tunisian Revolution Taught Me About Democracy

Aziz Ben Hadj Yahia

Tunis Business School

2nd year undergraduate

When I was 12, a revolution erupted in Tunisia, my country. This was in 2011, on the eve of the Arab Spring. I was too young, too ignorant to understand the scale of what was happening. All I knew was that people were elated, so I figured it must be a good thing. 

Streets were full of crowds cheering in joy for the ousting of president Zine Abidine Ben Ali, a…

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The importance of the democracy we live in

NAME: ONUSELOGU, CHINASA IFEOMA

SCHOOL: UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA ENUGU CAMPUS

LEVEL: 500

TOPIC: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DEMOCRACY WE LIVE IN

INTRODUCTION

It is important to live in a democracy although it may have its problems or demerits. It is better off than any other form of government (2008 European Values Study found that 88 percent of people in Britain agree to this assertion).

Although Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States (1861-1865)…

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Added by Chinasa ifeoma Onuselogu on December 31, 2018 at 9:01pm — No Comments

The importance of the democracy we live in

NAME: ONUSELOGU, CHINASA IFEOMA

SCHOOL: UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA ENUGU CAMPUS

LEVEL: 500

TOPIC: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DEMOCRACY WE LIVE IN

INTRODUCTION

It is important to live in a democracy although it may have its problems or demerits. It is better off than any other form of government (2008 European Values Study found that 88 percent of people in Britain agree to this assertion).

Although Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States (1861-1865)…

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Added by Chinasa ifeoma Onuselogu on December 31, 2018 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Is it important to live in a democracy? #essaycontest2018

Adelaide Harris

Montgomery Blair High School

High School - 12th Grade

     The first time I cast a vote in a real election, I was 16. That doesn't sound right as the legal federal voting age is 18. However, my city was the first in America to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections. I had the opportunity to pick my city council member and mayor, but the real impact of that day was far deeper. That was the day that I…

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Added by Adelaide Harris on December 31, 2018 at 8:50pm — No Comments

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