The 5 Most Common Political Systems in the World and What Characterize Them

The 5 Most Common Political Systems in the World and What Characterize Them

Political systems have been around for centuries. People have believed that things in a government and country need to be run in certain ways since the beginning of time. Political systems have evolved and changed over the years. Certain beliefs have been discarded and others have been updated or taken up. There are 5 main types of political systems. Some of them have similarities. Each system has its advantages and disadvantages. Below is a description of the 5 main systems.

Democracy

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The basis of democracy is allowing everyone to participate in the decisions of who run the country. Voting is part of this system. Once a person turns 18, they are eligible to vote. The parties to vote for are different in every country. These parties are also represented by different individuals as the candidates for running for mayor, senate, or president.

Republic

In a republic, the government is subject to the people. This means that the people choose the leaders and these leaders can be recalled. In other words, a leader is chosen but the people have a large say in what happens.

Monarchy

A monarchy is a system with a king or queen. There may be a government and other functionaries to run the country. The final word on laws and such things lie with the king or queen. The monarch is not necessarily elected as with other systems. They are born into the royal family or wed into it.

Communism

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Communism is based on the writings and teachings of Marx and Lenin. This system is characterized by one dominant party. Resources are shared and the rulers can take and redistribute these resources as they see fit.

Dictatorship

This is an authoritarian system. The dictator is the main person running the country. This system does not allow for fair elections or the people to have any say in how they are governed. The dictator makes all decisions and is often above the law.

These are the basic systems by which countries are run. The type of system depends on the history and the people in charge. Some of these work better than others in certain places.

6 Interesting and Not Always Great Things About the History of Greeks Living in America

6 Interesting and Not Always Great Things About the History of Greeks Living in America

Greeks have been in America for many years. Their journey did not start easy, but things have changed a little since then. Unfortunately, some things also stayed the same. Here are a few interesting facts about the Greeks and America.

1. The first Greek Orthodox Church in the US. The church was built in the New Orleans in 1864. The church was led by Nicholas Benakis.

2.San Francisco’s mayor. The last Republican Mayor of San Francisco was George Christopher. He served a term of 8 years.

3.Patriotism. In 1912, when war broke out between Greece and Turkey, many Greeks went back home. Many Greeks had made America their home, but they decided to go back to Greece to defend their homeland.

4.Postage stamps for Greece. In 1943 the US Postal Service printed a series of postage stamps that were very special. These stamps honored the countries that were taken over by the Nazis. One of these countries that were honored was Greece.

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5.Politics. In the past, there were a few instances where Greeks were made fun of or ridiculed because of their heritage. Mike Galifianakis was beaten out for senator by an opponent who played dirty and used his Greek heritage against him. Michael Dukakis also experienced problems when he ran for president. A country singer had said that she cannot vote for someone if she cannot pronounce his surname. He received a lot of support from Greeks, Italians, and others. It seems that Americans think that our Greek surnames and heritage is something to make fun of.

6.Greek. The US Census Bureau does huge census projects to survey different aspects of American life. This includes language. It has been found that a neighborhood in New York City called Astoria, had many Greek-speaking people. It is one of the most used languages in this neighborhood.

Greeks living in America has always been and will always be controversial. We just need to stick together and focus on the positive.

6 Important Things to Keep in Mind and Value When You Find Yourself in a Political Discussion or Debate

6 Important Things to Keep in Mind and Value When You Find Yourself in a Political Discussion or Debate

Politics are in a word, controversial. Most people tend to steer clear of politics in polite conversation because they fear upsetting someone. Politics sometimes are upsetting, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t talk about it. Instead of avoiding the topic, embrace it but do it with kindness and not judgment. Everyone has the right to decide what their political affiliation will be. Respect it and agree to disagree, but allow yourself to have a healthy debate about it.

The following points are important for everyone to remember, regardless of their political affiliation.

Participate


Participation in politics is your way of saying what you feel and want. Voting is your right and duty. You cannot complain about the state of things if you do not participate.

The Constitution

No matter in what country you are, you and your children need to know and understand The Constitution. You need to know what your rights are as well as what the rights of other are.

Free speech vs Courtesy

We all should learn and remember that courtesy is always important. When you get involved in a political discussion or debate, be kind and respectful. It is possible to agree to disagree and remain respectful. It is also possible to retain integrity when you are wrong and humility when you are right.

Open Mind

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Keep an open mind. Whether you have decided where you stand with political matters or not, it is important to keep an open mind. Open mindedness leads to growth and understanding.

Think for Yourself

This is a very important point. No one should be forced or coerced into a specific direction. You should ask questions, do research and think for yourself. If something does not sit right with you, find out why. You will find what feels right by thinking for yourself.

Both Sides

Listen to both sides of a debate. This is the best way to gather information. Use what you are hearing to build your understanding of what politics and what is being said. Again, use the information gathered to think for yourself and figure out what it means.

We all need to keep this mind when approaching the topic of politics.