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Which Is Better: A Messy Democracy or Strength Through Solidarity?

 

Attempting to create equality of rights under the law, in a democracy which actually did not provide equal rights for everyone, the Greeks treasured their self-rule. The Persians, on the other hand, valued a calm social order and strength through solidarity.

How do we decide which system of government is better? Can we ever really understand a type of government which differs from our own without also understanding the culture in which that government exists? Explain your answers.


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