How impressive was ancient Greece’s democracy?
- PrinceLv 61 month ago
Personally I think it was absurd. It's a kind of a sacred cow in American propaganda. Athens could never make up its mind and a dramatic example was its absurdly botched invasion of Sicily. A surprise attack sent by one party was countermanded by the opposing party and the Athenian invasion fleet was seen turning around by the Sicilians. The parties changed places again and the "surprise" attack was sent back toward Sicily and the Sicilians saw THAT. THIS went on several times before the supposedly surprise attack was finally landed and, by then of course, it was no surprise at ALL to the Sicilians, who soundly trounced them. Much like the series of American presidents who for generations supported Western Europe and then 2016 to 2020, President Trump reversed the usual policy and, for 4 years, supported Putin instead. You cannot be TRUSTED as a Nation, by other Nations, if you cannot form a consistent relationship. Changing every 4 years could mean a complete reversal of loyalties. Therefore democracy is less stable than monarchy. The ridiculously failed Athenian democracy was adopted as a model for government by idiot Founding Fathers in America in 1776 because they were besotted with the architecture of the Ancient Greeks and had ridiculous, romantic notions about "noble columns" or some nonsense. Mostly Scots Freemasons, they were preoccupied with bringing down the Hannoverian monarchy but, in fact, had not the foggiest notion what to replace it with.
- Larry CLv 71 month ago
Athens was tolerable, still corrupt, the others mediocre, and Sparta pure tyranny
- PhilLv 61 month ago
Not all that impressive as they still had slaves.
- bluebellbkkLv 71 month ago
No point in a discussion if we all mean something different by the word. Something can be impressive without being in any way good, and of course vice versa.
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- Anonymous1 month ago
It functioned well enough to vote people into office. But more than once they voted in a demagogue who proceeded to subvert democracy and the institutions of the state (imagine that).
- Anonymous1 month ago
Very impressive considering much of it is still practiced around the world today.
- Sir CausticLv 71 month ago
Oh, so-so. Quite impressive. Not one of the best, but it did the job. On a scale of 1 to 10, maybe a 4 or 5. 6 tops.
- 1 month ago
not impressive enough to survive