Where Does the Word "democracy" Come From?

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The word "democracy" comes from the Greek words "demos" and "kratia," which literally mean "people power." The modern word "democracy" emerged in 16th century France.

More specifically, "demos" is a reference to "common people," so a democracy etymologically suggests that it is a society that is ruled by the common people. Unlike the common contemporary connotation that democracy references a right of the people to elect leaders, Ezra Pound asserted in "The ABCs of Economics," written in 1933, that democracy is actually a responsibility of the people to protect their rights against the government through the careful selection of their leaders.