If it's truly ruled by the people then why would a democracy need to promote fear into controlling the people. They met every month to discuss new laws to make against the people. "Fear is our chief protection against this, teaching us to obey the magistrates and the laws." quoted by Thucydides (c. 460-395 BCE), "Pericles's Funeral Oration," in The History of the Peloponnesian War.
The Democracy means for the people for/by the people. The democracy isn't allowed to rule or teach them how to obey. That's for moms and dads. If they decide that a man is not a free man, then he can appeal to the courts. But if the court decides he is not a free man, back then they made him a slave. Are slaves free? No, obviously it is teaching them we govern you so we enslave you however we please. That is NOT a democracy.
yes, but then again what do we have police men for today they enforce laws and make us obey them and they aren't our moms or dads. and if he did go to cort and argue his case and he wins he has the right to be enrolled as a citize with NO further questions asked! and if he was sold as a slave and he WORKS hard enough he COULD buy his freedom!
This is present day, your argument is irrelevant. Policemen are not the same as a government, or a democracy. It's extremely hard to buy your freedom as a slave because they made little to no money so it was almost impossible to achieve freedom in a single lifetime. Back to Athenian Democracy, which democracy is all about YOUR freedom. When they exile you away for ten years because THEY believe you are unfit for THEIR community, that is stripping away your rights and your equality as a citizen.