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[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 5. Democracy / a. Nature of democracy]

Full Idea

A democratic state has power only over the people who make up the electorate. Ruling over a subservient class, or territory, is claimed to be antithetical to the true ideals of democracy.

Gist of Idea

A true democracy could not tolerate slavery, exploitation or colonialism


Jonathan Wolff (An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Rev) [2006], 3 'Intro')

Book Reference

Wolff,Jonathan: 'An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Rev)' [OUP 2006], p.63

A Reaction

Is making trade deals very favourable to yourself (i.e. good capitalism) antithetical to democracy?