Democratic Society Essays


How Democracy Leads to Tyranny

some of the inherent conflicts of interest posed by liberty in a democratic society: as a Catholic, Tocqueville's perspective was fashioned by a sense of moral order and correctness (right and wrong according to both natural and supernatural law) -- and therein lay the difficulty. Liberty of the press, for instance, could be seen as a safeguard against tyranny and authoritarianism by giving voice to the opinion of just men and women -- but it could also give way to the base and/or false opinions of an individual suddenly becoming adopted by the whole, which would be bad in… Continue Reading...

Minority Women in the Oil and Gas Industry

delusions about the wrongness of apartheid or any semblance of legitimacy in a modern, democratic society. This background also fueled my interests in taking a long hard look at the world in which I lived and to determine how not having the right ethnicity or gender can limit personal and professional opportunities. Following this epiphany, I traveled to Europe where I met my American husband and we visited the U.S. in 2004 and my husband, daughter and I ultimately relocated here in 2009. My "you-live-here-now" culture shock was so intense when I realized that even though the United States… Continue Reading...

Constructivism Theory in International Politics

the theory is still perfect in testing the peace in the democratic society because it assists in understanding how the social international cooperation and practice among states bring world order. Moreover, the theory offers an effective way of understanding how ethnicity, religion, race, and sexuality account of the understanding of global politics. The constructivism provides a new dimension in understanding how ideas and social norms affect the international politics while rejecting power politics and materialistic approach to understanding global politics and security. Conclusion The collapse of former Soviet Union and fall of Berlin Wall leads to a development constructivism… Continue Reading...

Is Mandatory Military Service a Good Idea

larger society from which he derives benefits (e.g., civic duties that apply to any democratic society). Mandatory military service is one of the natural expressions of this relationship. It indicates that there is an inherent responsibility on the part of the citizen to devote at least a portion of his life to protecting and serving that State which has nourished him from his youth. There are many examples of mandatory military service throughout history including right up to our own time. Ancient civilizations, such as the Greeks and Romans, relied upon mandatory military service at one point or another… Continue Reading...

Personal Philosophy Of Education and Mission Statement for an Inclusive School District Essay

with the academic background and critical thinking experiences they need to succeed in a democratic society (Benson & Harkavy, 2009). For example, according to Sherman and Webb (2001), “Dewey says his endeavor is to detect and state the ideas implied in a democratic society and to apply these ideas to the problems of the enterprise of education” (p. 37). From Dewey’s perspective, formalizing a personal philosophy of education is also an essential step for teachers because it serves to codify and articulate how this philosophy is transformed into teaching practices in the classroom (Dickey, 2009). According to Dewey, “Philosophy… Continue Reading...

De Jouvenel Quote on Sheep and Wolves

but simply that they take responsibility for the government they create as active participants in a democratic society. Considering contemporary society and culture in the United States and in Western Europe, de Jouvenel’s words show how citizens willingly follow the herd rather than thinking for themselves and making a point to create a better society. A society of sheep possesses a herd mentality. Sheep cease to be individuals, and become a collective mass of followers. Wolves can take advantage of the herd of sheep easily because their movements are relatively predictable. It is also easy to train and brainwash… Continue Reading...

Role Of Privately Owned Media in a Democracy

Introduction The media has been referred to as the fourth estate, a bedrock element of democratic society. The term has its origins referencing the critical role that media plays in society. The first three estates are taken to be the clergy, the nobility and the commoners. This concept derives from England, in particular attributed to something that Thomas Carlyle wrote in 1841 about there being three estates in parliament, but the reporters in the gallery were the fourth estate." Carlyle had written that they were the most important of all (Crichton et al, 2010). When applied to a country's media,… Continue Reading...

Kent State Shooting

society and politics. Hariman, Robert and Lucaites, John Louis. “Dissent and emotional management in a liberal- democratic society: The Kent state iconic photograph.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 5-31. This article takes a unique approach to the study of the Kent State protest and subsequent shootings, focusing on media coverage and responses to the iconic photographs of the event. The authors show how visual imagery of historical events can construct popular narratives, shaping identity and political culture. Moreover, the authors show how visual imagery with emotional content can either motivate or stifle dissent. Lewis, Jerry M. “A Study… Continue Reading...

Social Studies Instruction Observations

of ethnic background. The Social Studies instruction I observed helped to prepare students for participation in a democratic society by focusing on the recent Occupy Wall Street Movement, what prompted it, how it developed, what the aims for the Movement were, how it impacted the political arena, what effects it had, and what happened to the Movement in the end. The aim of the lesson was to show the studies that they could exercise their civic duty in a variety of different ways, from helping to form a new political party to engaging in civil disobedience, which is an American… Continue Reading...

Economic Inequalities Essay

riddled with poverty and despair (266). One could argue that a hallmark of a democratic society depends upon having a stable and widespread middle class. There will always be groups at different ends of the spectrum financially, but a big middle class acts a buffer between those groups. In America, as many economists have noted, the middle class is getting smaller and smaller. This has caused a sense of panic in many circles and understandably so. However, what many are slowly beginning to realize is that with the shrinking middle class there is a shrinking level of democracy going… Continue Reading...

Social Media in the Uk Promoting Freedom Of Expression

demonstrates that the relevance of promoting freedom of expression within social media cannot be overstated in a modern and democratic society like the UK. Discussion 1. Promotes Democracy and Better Governance Allowing and further enhancing freedom of expression within the social media in the U.K. would ensure that the government conducts its affairs in a just, fair, transparent, and equitable manner. In the words of Fraleigh and Tuman (2010), “democracy requires that people be informed on all sides of an issue, without the government screening of ideas that it deems unwise or dangerous” (8). Towards, this end, in a… Continue Reading...

Democratic Development in Africa Challenges

of freely participating in various civic and political processes. In a democratic society, people are governed by the rule of law and self-determination is not stifled. Some of the key pillars of democracy include, but they are not limited to, equality and liberty. In that regard, therefore, democratic development has got to do with the evaluative procedure in relation to not only the political, but also the institutional as well as social factors that either promote or impede the progress of democracy.[footnoteRef:1] [1: Guntram H. Herb and David H. Kaplan eds., Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview (California:… Continue Reading...