People actually believe that democracy gives us harmony and peace, not to mention wealth. They are sure that it is the ultimate and inevitable end of human development, created by the wise and noble Greeks and given to us, the enlightened society that took it to the ends of the Earth!But if the ancient Greeks could see what we call ‘democracy,’ they would spit at it. They’d probably want to burn it down.
Why would the old Greeks be so upset? Let’s take a look at their (Athenian) system and see how our modern form stacks up:#1: Greek citizen assemblies met 40 times per year in an open, public forum. Any citizen could speak and any citizen could vote. A vote of those present was final.