Just heard that from the mouth of Chimp In Chief. To which country might he have been referring? Greece perhaps? Surely not his own trailerpark?
Not even slightly. Greece at the time was, and continued to be for centuries, an amalgam of warring city-states who were only unilaterally 'Greek' when threatened by invasion (and not always even then).Ulster_Rifleman said:The world's oldest democracy?
that is true but the parliament was abolished in 1800 and not reinstated till 1845. The Tynwald on the Isle of Man has been in continous existance since at least 979AD.dhgrainger1 said:Iceland has the world's oldest elected parliament, dating from 930 AD, however New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant universal adult suffrage in 1893.
Serves to show "democracy" is custom made and comes in all shapes and sizes...Prince_Rupert said:Cleisthenes of Athens is generally held to be the founder of democracy but it's worth noting that for centuries after his death, the city states of Greece continued to be run on either democratic or oligarchic lines.
During the Peloponnesian war, Sparta and he allies were predominately ruled by oligarchs and Athens and her allies were democracies.