405

“Even the Greek etymology of “democracy” generates ambiguity and dispute. Demos/kratia translate as “people rule” or “rule by the people.” But who were the “people” of ancient Athens? The propertied? The poor? The uncounted? The many? This was a dispute in Athens itself, which is why for Plato, democracy is proximate to anarchy, while for Aristole, it is rule by the poor.”