Posted by Kirsten Gibbs Last updated 20th March 2023 reading time
Nowadays we seem to use the Athenian word 'democracy' to describe something more like a Roman republic.
In the Roman system, a few 'responsible' (and very wealthy) men decided what was good for everyone.
The mass of men (plebs) were eventually represented, but they never got to vote or join in, even though they and their families did all the work. There was a view that plebs didn't even need to know the laws by which they were governed.
As usual, women, children and slaves didn't count at all.
You probably left one of these to create your own fair, agile and democratic utopia.
Take care you don't unconsciously reproduce the republic as you scale.