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Freedom of Choice - Democracy vs Dictatorship

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Imagine the next time you step into the voting booth your ballot only lists one candidate

to choose from. Or perhaps your ballot lists four candidates, but they are all from the

Liberal party. Dictatorships are one party political systems that are ruled by one leader or

an elite group of people under the principle of authoritarianism. Some feel that

dictatorships are the most effective form of government because decisions are made

quickly and extreme nationalism benefits the military and economy. These individuals

value order, nationalism, and authority. However, these systems often result in violence,

repression of the public, and few provisions for changes to the system. Democracies are

multiparty political systems that rest on the principle of rule by the people. Most people

that live in democracies have civil liberties1, and political rights2. Individuals who feel

that multiparty systems are the best government value equality, accountability, and

freedom. Nations that have multiparty political systems will meet the needs of the public

better through the means of political equality, a higher standard of living3, and civil


Dictatorships often occur when a nation is economically and politically unstable.

An example of this is Napoleon’s coup d’ etat in 1799 France. In a system of

authoritarian rule decisions are made efficiently   because very few people are involved

in the decision making process. The leader or elite group at the head of the government

decides on new policies and economic measures, then makes sure that the public

abides by them by using tactics of force and indoctrination. Dictatorial systems have

helped nations recover from economic turmoil many times in the past. The extreme

nationalism that is born from propaganda and government sponsored youth


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