It is important to live in a democracy. It is important because all citizens get a say not just citizens with money or power, democracy, when paired with another type of government, as a better success rate, and democracy allows trade and international relationships to occur more freely.

What is democracy? In my own words democracy is a type of government in which all citizens have a right to vote and share their perspectives to a central government. A pure democracy does not exist in the world today and is paired with another type of government to create better control of the country. For example, the United States has a representative democracy, meaning citizens vote for  representatives in government that share their views. Britain has a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, which means Britain has a queen and a parliament. There are many forms of democracy and therefore it is difficult to measure democracy as a whole. There are 8 forms of democracy and they play different but important roles within the countries they are a part of and the world as a whole.

One appealing attribute of democracy is that on some level every citizen gets a say in the government and policies. Similar to democracy as a whole this take on many forms depending on the country. The United States’ government has a representative democracy and in that form citizens vote for representatives in the government. The most direct form of democracy is direct democracy and demonstrated in Switzerland. Citizens in Switzerland vote directly for policies without voting for representatives or having the policy go through a parliament. This is appealing to the citizen because their vote is counted as their vote and not as a representative’s vote. The only downside of this type of government is the that laws and policies take a while to pass into law. It is important to live in this type of society with a democracy because change occurs in ways that the citizens want. Money, resources, and laws used in thoughtful ways that everyone votes on.

Citizens receiving a vote in their government policies and laws has positive results and is caused by checks and balances. Checks and balances is counterbalancing influences by which an organization or system is regulated, typically by those ensuring that political power is not concentrated in the hand of individuals or groups. Checks and balances allow a political, religious, or social group to get too much power and control of policies, laws, and the government as a whole. The result of checks and balances and contributing to the government policies and laws is that a citizen feels his or her country’s government feels a greater sense of nationalism and overall contentness with the government and policies. A country with content and proud citizens is politically stable and allows for fewer casualties relating to riots and rebellion. The combination of checks and balances and nationalism shows the reason and result of why it is important to live in a country with a democratic system.

The second example of democracy that makes living in a democracy important to live in a democracy is that countries with a democracy have a greater chance of success politically, governmentally, and economically if the country has a democracy. For example, the number of communist countries is decreasing. Within a communist regime a political power gains too much power and control. This causes citizens to become stuck within their leaders grasp without means to change their lives. The citizens can’t vote to replace the ruler or veto his or her laws and policies but must simply live with in the country the communist party has created. The feeling of oppression is common with in a communist regime and is not felt within a democratic system or can be changed within a country with a democratic system.

The success of a country is higher when the citizens live in a democracy. This occurs for many reasons. The first reason this can occur is that the citizens in the country have a greater sense of freedom and control. Humans enjoy the sense of freedom and it dates back to when humans were first evolutionising, a time when all humans roamed earth hunting and gathering. Control is also a coveted thing for humans. A sense of structure and control allows human to remain calm, alert, and powerful. The second reason, introducing the third reason why it is important to live in a democracy, is that a country has greater economic success and therefore greater success as a country.

A study by Storm C. Thacker from Boston University shows evidence that democracy promotes economic openness. This is a result of the fact that in a democracy the government can’t use trade as a mean of political support, the government in power doesn’t have complete control over policies and laws due to citizen’s votes. Trade has been heavily influenced by the globalization, the process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence, of both the world’s economy and of democracy. Due to globalization both ideas are spreading to developing countries and remain high in developed countries.

To live in a country with democracy is important because a country with a democratic system also has low trade barriers and high economic activity. Low trade barriers allows for a diverse market with various employment opportunities. Trade benefits consumers because it creates goods at lower prices due. Trade also ensures adequate resources are in the country for citizens to survive. High economic activity creates more opportunities to get a good job and have enough money to live comfortably. A greater amount of jobs and resources are made available with citizens with education, which requires money. Economic activity puts citizens in a better place and allows them to have opportunities that are not readily available in countries with limited economic activity.

In conclusion, it is important to live in a democracy. Democracies allows for citizens to have a voice in the government and policies, have a better success rate as a country, and a better economic outcome compared to countries who don’t have a democratic system.

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Comment by Charlotte Swenson on December 3, 2018 at 12:56pm
great essay!

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