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How the Ancient Greeks kept Ruthless Narcissists from Capturing their Democracy – and what Modern Politics could Learn from them

How the Ancient Greeks kept Ruthless Narcissists from Capturing their Democracy – and what Modern Politics could Learn from them

Ancient Greece was in many ways a brutal society. It was almost perpetually at war, slavery was routine and women could only expect a low status in society.

However, there is one important sense in which ancient Greeks were more advanced than modern European societies: their sophisticated political systems. The citizens of ancient Athens developed a political system that was more genuinely democratic than the present day UK or US.

Our modern concept of democracy is actually a degradation of the original Greek concept and has very little in common with it. Modern democracy is merely representative, meaning that we elect officials to make decisions on our behalf, who become members of legislative bodies like the British parliament or the US Congress.

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