Democracy as Least Evil: Churchill’s Estimation of the Democratic System Introduction Since its birth in Athens around the end of the 6th century B.C.E., democracy has taken many forms among the various people groups that have chosen it as the foundation of their respective systems of government. In its inchoate Athenian form, democracy truly meant rule by the people; Athenian heads of household would meet regularly to vote on the course of action that the city-state would take in matters of commerce, war and local politics. Thus, in its infancy, Athenian democracy took the form of direct rule by the people, that is, men of power and means – it would be sometime before democracy would lend its hand in the liberation of the disenfranchised...The end:
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