Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Potatoes Sown and Idea # 110 is Democracy

Asparagus popping out.
Some good news, having reported that my previous plantings of Asparagus had not amounted to anything on closer inspection I see that at least two of them are doing just fine, perhaps others will spring to life too.
Yesterday I also decided was a good day for sowing the main crop potatoes they're Maris Pipers (as last year) a nice potato that can be Chipped, Roasted or Mashed.

Idea 110 Democracy

Democracy is all about  government   in which all eligible citizens have a supposedly equal say in the decisions that affect their lives.
It is defined as

  Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.
 A political or social unit that has such a government.
The common people, considered as the primary source of political power.
 it enables majority rule.
 and in it are the principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community
Mr C
The first practical example of democracy emerged in 6th Century BC Athens and although this was considered a  Democracy women and slaves did not actively participate as they were not eligible. Rome too had a democracy of a kind (509-27 BC) and in this form even a Plebeian voice was heard. After these two democracies Monarchs were generally running things and when they consulted it was with the church or the wealthy and powerful.
It was not until the 20th Century that Democracy as we know it began to spread and suffrage (the vote) became universal including lower orders and women. Now are democracies are representative with elected MPs (in the UK) who reflect their constituents desires.
As Churchill is quoted as saying...
democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

The BBC has some interesting perspective on the  history of early democracy at this site