Democracy Is Not the Same Thing as Freedom

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Soham Patil

“In our modern world, most states are democracies or at least call themselves ‘democratic.’ The adoption of democracy is hailed as one of humanity’s greatest achievements. Once upon a time, humanity broke out of the shackles of monarchies and has never looked back since. Nowadays, all citizens in democratic countries are free and safe from despots. Except, that is far from the truth. Democratic systems have been around for a long time. Ancient Greece comes to mind as the most prominent example of democracy in antiquity. While modern democracies are wildly different from the ones in ancient Athens, they are still susceptible to the pitfalls applicable to all democracies.” (06/22/24)