We read about the Democratic “ideal” in this chapter and discussed if democracy is in fact an ideology. Democracy can certainly be described in many different ways. Plato and Aristotle were convinced that democracy was a bad form of government. Machiavelli argues that the greatest danger to self government is corruption. Is there a country that we can argue is an “ideal democracy”? While formulating your answer, consider the following questions: Is the United States a good example of “democratic ideal” or do it fall short? Can you argue that another country is better suited for this title? Both China and Soviet Union claim to be “people’s democracies”, would you agree? Why or why not? Explain your position and provide support for your argument. In making your determination of which country is an “ideal democracy”, what values did you include, human rights, minority rights, quality of life, economy…?

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