Full-blown democracies are based on the principle of maximum sharing of power, and because they encourage the free exchange of ideas and really facilitate getting to know your neighbor, they work well in small to medium-sized societies, organizations and co-operatives. A democracy, however, also lends itself to herd mentality and mob rule, where the minority voice gets drowned out by an overpowering majority. In addition, there are no hard-and-fast rules to determine exactly how this democratically equal power sharing is supposed to happen.

The most famous example of people coming close to a political democracy is found in ancient Greece. However, trying to give every person a perfectly equal voice takes a lot of effort as the group grows, and this can result in endless bickering and eventual paralysis. The Greeks succeeded for a time because they had plenty of slaves, foreigners and spouses to do the physical work, giving the male body politic the free time to mull endlessly over the affairs of state.

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