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1 Chapter 1 Section 3: Concepts of Democracy

2 DO NOW: “No government demands so much from the citizen as Democracy, and none gives so much back.” - James Bryce 1. What does democratic government demand from you? 2. What does it give you in return?

3 Foundations of Democracy  Why does democracy exist?  It exists because the American people believe in its basic concepts.  It will only continue to exist as long as we continue to believe in it.  There are 5 basic notions.

4 Democratic Concepts 1. Worth of the Individual  Every individual is important.  Most important in a democracy  At times, the value of a few may be less important than the interests of the masses.

5 Democratic Concepts 2. Equality of All Persons  All citizens are entitled to equal opportunity and equality before the law.  It does not assume that all are born with the same mental or physical abilities  No person should be held back based on race, color, religion, or gender.

6 Democratic Concepts 3.Majority Rules, Minority Rights  The majority of the people will more often be right than they will be wrong.  Democracy searches for satisfactory solutions to public problems.  Democracy is a “Trial and Error” process.

7 Democratic Concepts 4. Necessity of Compromise  Public decision making is a matter of give- and-take.  Compromise: find the position most acceptable to the largest number of people

8 Democratic Concepts 5. Individual Freedom  Freedom cannot be absolute in a democracy.  “The right to swing my fist ends with the other man’s nose.” – Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes  “The rights of every man are threatened when the rights of one man are threatened.” - President John F. Kennedy


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