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Democracy And Civil Society

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Civil society is a formal way of describing all those institutions and social relationships that maintain values in society, like religion, like charity groups, even in some very important aspects the family. Democratic society must also concern itself with values even though much of government regulates social order in a technical sense, like the way the executive branch of government is the traffic cop of society, or the way the legislative branch regulates the zero-sum games of society through its own games which produce winners and losers. The democracy of ancient Sparta was not a political democracy, it was a monarchy, but there was an equality of social condition among the non-serf class. American-style democracy is good at preventing tyranny, and is less efficient at producing ongoing social order.

Keywords: American-style democracy; civil society

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