Sorry, Mate.

You may be Greek, but that doesn’t make you correct in the historical facts, which are: “It was a system of direct democracy, in which participating citizens voted directly on legislation and executive bills. Participation was not open to all residents: to vote one had to be an adult, male citizen i.e. neither a foreign resident nor a slave, and the number of these “varied between 30,000 and 50,000 out of a total population of around 250,000 to 300,000” or “no more than 30 percent of the total adult population.”[1]

When you say “the citizens voted freely and were not ‘owned’ by anyone” you neglected to mention that Citizens owned Slaves who made up the vast majority of the population: Slaves were not Citizens, because Citizens were slave-owners: that sort of makes them the Aristocracy, at least from the Slaves’ point of view.

I stand by my last post which is factually correct according to everything I have read of the Athenian Democracy. Direct participation Democracy may sound like Socialism to you, but is quite different. Socialism would have freed the Slaves, murdered the Citizens as Capitalists, then re-enslaved the slaves as the property of the State.

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