Submission Title

Aristotle's Politics and the Constitution of Athens: One Solution to Political Unrest for the United States

Session Number

SS8A

Location

Weyerhaeuser 304

Abstract Number

SS8A-c

Abstract

The United States is regarded as the gold standard of democracy; however, the American political system is actually a sick perversion of how a democracy should look. Aristotle today would look at the United States “democracy” as a sick organism in need of political change. In Aristotle’s “Politics”, he calls our attention to the Constitution of Athens written by Solon the lawgiver. He commends Solon for his brilliant work and holds this constitution as a great example on how to order your government. Strengthening the middle class and holding the rich accountable for their actions are just some of the changes that could improve the United States political situation. Using Solon’s Athenian Constitution and Aristotle’s comments on politics as well as his ordering of the family, there seems to be a cure to the United States terrible sickness.

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Aristotle's Politics and the Constitution of Athens: One Solution to Political Unrest for the United States

Weyerhaeuser 304

The United States is regarded as the gold standard of democracy; however, the American political system is actually a sick perversion of how a democracy should look. Aristotle today would look at the United States “democracy” as a sick organism in need of political change. In Aristotle’s “Politics”, he calls our attention to the Constitution of Athens written by Solon the lawgiver. He commends Solon for his brilliant work and holds this constitution as a great example on how to order your government. Strengthening the middle class and holding the rich accountable for their actions are just some of the changes that could improve the United States political situation. Using Solon’s Athenian Constitution and Aristotle’s comments on politics as well as his ordering of the family, there seems to be a cure to the United States terrible sickness.