The Inevitable Inequality In Modern Democracy

A word closely associated with democracy is equality. For a government to be a true democracy, there must be certain kinds of measures taken towards equality in society. The four most prominent are equality of rights, voting, schooling, and justice. (Meanings of Democracy 1997) Ideally, there should also be equal participation by all citizens in the responsibilities and actions of government. These are the criteria that surround a modern democratic society.
Upon inspection, it would appear that the democracy present in Canada ‘abides’ by these democratic principles. Specifically, Canada maintains the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees rights and equal treatment for ...

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known phrase from the American Declaration of Independence states that ‘all men are created equal.’ This statement assumes that at birth we all enter the world with the same abilities and that it is our environment in life that shapes what kind of people we will eventually become. Thus, it is arguable that because all men are created equal, all men have the equal opportunity to succeed, at least in today’s modern times. The reason that economic disparity surfaces is because some do not choose the path of education and thus create a difference in skill and talent between themselves and those who chose to attend school, university, or another educational institution. In essence, this freedom to choose is given to everyone and reflects the very aspect of free will present in a democratic society. While logically coherent, this argument lacks the substance of a real life scenario.
Specifically, because all men are created equal does not mean that all people are equal in every ...

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inequality is inevitable. However, the reason for this inequality is far different from the one that has been discussed earlier. Beforehand, it was mentioned that specifically the choice not to educate oneself, was what created eventual economic disparity. This is not true. A family that lives from one paycheck to the next, may not be able to afford to send their child to university or college. Thus, by “lacking accessibility to power resources, certain classes of people will chronically gain a deficient share of the social desiderata.” (Parenti 1994, 185) In consequence, frequently there is no choice for the child. When in fact there is no choice, there can be no freedom. ...

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