What Are the Four Pillars of Democracy?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 6, 2020 5:40:39 PM ET

The four pillars of democracy are justice, equality, freedom and representation. These pillars were established to ensure the rights and freedoms of all citizens governed by a democracy.

The first pillar, justice, protects all people from being treated unfairly by the law. Equality refers to the equality of opportunity. In a democracy, every man, woman, and child is given the same basic opportunities to find happiness and success. The pillar of freedom represents a person's basic freedoms of religion, speech and travel, among others. The last pillar, representation, ensures that all citizens have the right to choose who represents them in the government.