The 5 W's of democracy.

The 5 W's of democracy.

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  • Today we will be talking about the 5 W's of democracy! Please welcome the Greek man John.
  • Hello!
  • So, tell me, who is involved in direct democracy?  And also, who is involved in representative democracy?
  • Well, back in the day of Greece the free, male citizens of Greece are the ones who voted. Nowadays, every citizen can vote.
  • Wow! Good thing we have more rights today, or I wouldn't be allowed to vote. Next question, what is the difference between direct democracy and representative democracy?
  • In the Greek times in a direct democracy, every free, male votes and in a representative democracy, the free, males vote for representatives and they decide the final vote.  Nowadays, the direct and representative democracy work the same way, but every citizen is allowed to vote.
  • Amazing! When did direct democracy begin?  When did representative democracy begin?
  • Direct democracy began around 508 b.c.e. Representative democracy began around 1776
  • Okay, where did direct democracy begin?  Where is representative democracy used today?
  • Direct democracy began in Athens of Greece. Representative democracy is used today in the U.S.A.
  • Oh! Why did direct democracy happen?  Why is it best for representative democracy to be used today?
  • Direct democracy happened because the people of Athens wanted to govern themselves. Representative democracy is best because if the people made a unsafe decision, in direct democracy that decision would have to happen, but in representative democracy the representatives can make sure everything is safe.
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