If you think you know the answer, think again! Here is what Wikipedia - Democracy has to say: "No consensus exists on how to define democracy". Besides, you may have heard of "liberal democracy", but what about "conservative democracy"?
In this article, I will succinctly define what democracy is, as used in all my publications.
It was a system of direct democracy, in which participating citizens voted directly on legislation and executive bills. Participation was not open to all residents: to vote one had to be an adult, male citizen who owned land and was not a slave, and the number of these "varied between 30,000 and 50,000 out of a total population of around 250,000 to 300,000."
Democracy, (from Greek: "δημοκρατία") or "rule of the commoners", was originally conceived in Classical Greece, whereby political representatives were chosen by lot (as in a jury) from amongst the male citizens: rich and poor. In modern times it has become equated to elections or "a system of government in which all the people of a state or polity ... elect representatives to a parliament or similar assembly", as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary. Democracy is further defined as a "government by the people", especially "rule of the majority", "a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation ..."
3. Democracy: my definition
I largely agree with Wikipedia's definition, but will make it simpler: one person, one vote, without discrimination (e.g. race, gender, or religion).
Conservative democracy (Turkish: Muhafazakâr demokrasi) is a term coined by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Turkey to describe Islamic democracy ... In its broadest sense, the term 'conservative democracy' highlights the compatibility of Islam with democracy, a western-oriented foreign policy, neoliberaleconomics and secularism within government. Since the view has been reflected in several economic, foreign, domestic and social policy initiatives, the term 'conservative democracy' has been referred to as a floating signifier that encompasses a broad coalition of ideas. In contrast and because of its broad definition, the term has also been accused of being a red herring designed to conceal a hidden Islamist agenda but maintain public support.
To me, the two words "conservative" and "liberal" refer more to the social aspect than to the economic (or fiscal) aspect, like burkini vs. bikini, as shown by the image below.
Here is my definition of democracy: one person, one vote, without discrimination (e.g. race, gender, and religion). With that, let's carry on the discussion with clarity.
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