Democracy established and protects freedom:
- Events such as the French Revolution, the Soviet Collapse and the Arab Spring, saw the people protest to be free from the autocratic monarchy and adopt a new democratic system.
- No govt could threaten democracy and freedom in a democratic country.
- Democracy allows the people to protest against their ruler and to have a new ruler.
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Democracy protects minorities:
- 'Pluralist democracy' ensures that all groups need to be taken into account.
- This guarantees that all people are free from discrimination.
- It also makes sure that the minorities do not get left behind.
- John Stuart Mill stated that democracies with a leader that has a majority govt, the minorites are left behind known as 'tyranny by the majority.'
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Democracy controls government power:
- It is believed that power tends to corrupt those that wield it.
- Thereofore, if the power is in the hands of the people through elections, the people can feel safe from corruption as they are making the decisions.
- The Prime Minister could be stopped from ruling by a vote of no confidence.
- Democracy stops corruption and the leader from having all power.
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Democracy encourages popular participation:
- The people have the opportunity to become informed and be directly involved in influencing decision making, in a free democracy.
- This can be done by:
- Political education.
- Voting in GEs and Referendums.
- Joining PGs.
- Signing a petition.
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Disperses more power
Democracy disperses power more widely:
- In many regimes, power lies in the hands of the small elite and is removed from the people.
- Such as Syria, China and North Korea- people can't go on google or Facebook).
- This results in people not being politically aware.
- True democracy spreads the power out so that everybody in the country has a say.
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