5 Concepts of Democracy

Worth of the Individual
Everyone separate and distinct being
->Few Individuals < More Individuals
->People can be forced to do things whether like or not (taxes)
->Serves as interest to many
Equality of all Persons
1. Equality of Opportunity
2. Equality before the Law
->No person should be held back on arbitrary (based on unsupported opinion; random choice) reasons (race, gender)
->Equal people under law
Majority rule, Minority rights
Majority Rule: Majority will be more right than wrong
-> More Satisfactory
--> Restrained by minority rights
---> Fair and lawful means
-Gov. looks at satisfactory solutions to solve problems
Necessity of Compromise
-Compromises: Find position most acceptable to largest number
-> Process of blending and adjusting competing views and interests

Essential b/c:
1. Compromise both views of people and individuals
2. Questions have two sides

Not all compromises are good, and not all are necessary
Individual Freedom
Balance of liberty and authority
-Authority = Must be adequate
->Authority must not be allowed to become so great that it restricts the individual