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What's Wrong with Democracy?: From Athenian Practice to American Worship

Loren Samons,II


Fifth-century Athens is praised as the cradle of democracy and sometimes treated as a potential model for modern political theory or practice. In this reassessment of classical Athenian democracy and its significance for the United States today, the text provides ample justification for the founding fathers' distrust of democracy, a form of government they scorned precisely because of their familiarity with classical Athens. How Americans have come to embrace “democracy” in its modern form—and what the positive and negative effects have been—is an important story. The book examines Athens' his ... More

Keywords: Athens, popular vote, foreign policy, state overspending, Athenian religion, freedom, choice, diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520236608
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520236608.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Loren Samons,II, author