The Athenian "Democracy" is not in fact a democracy. The Athenian people were actually under a government called Demokratia. This is a rule by male citizens only, excluding women, free foreigners, and slaves.
But the constitution favors the many instead of the few. The laws give equal justice to all while social class does not interfere with someone's qualifications, and poverty does not block the way. The democracy administers everything by votes.
Then again only people with military training can vote, so poverty could very well be a factor. IF military training would of in fact costed money then it is very well in fact a huge factor in which certain people can vote.
yes that is true but the right to vote and participate in government is open to all men who are of age and citizen birth by both parents. When they turn 18 they are automatically enrolled as citizens and on the occasion of their enrollment, the current citizens give their votes on whether they should be allowed to vote based on the law.
That is what the Athenian constitution states, but then following that it also says that the current citizens get to vote on whether the new candidates get to vote or have to be sent back to the ranks of boys. The government shouldn't get a say on whether who can vote, as long as they are of age and have been through military training. The Athenian citizens have to much say in who can vote. Our Democracy has a say in who gets put into office, but does not have a say in who can vote as long as they are of age.
But it is more democratic to be governed by the people instead of being governed by those elected by the people. Only the Military Treasurer, the Commissioners of the Festival Fund, and the Superintendent of the Water Supply are elected by vote. All the other government officials were technically "the people"
Only 12% of the population were actually allowed to vote. How is that government BY the people? 88% of Athenian population was just left untouched and without say in anything going on with the government.
What about women? You're a woman so I'm sure you understand how it feels to just be forgotten. I know that in our democracy woman weren't always allowed to vote, but we eventually got to that point. Athenian "Democracy" never got to the point of women being able to vote. Also, their government should in fact be called an oligarchy. Which means, a form of government in which a small group of people have power and control. I think that 12% is definitely a small amount of people. Also, what the heck is up with voting people out of office every year? They would be executed for ten years! how is that a democracy? Just because the people with higher power don't like what person has to say or they don't agree with their opinion. Everyone should get a say in freedom of speech. Not just oh we don't like your opinion so you're being sent to an island for ten years! Happy Vacation!