Comment: the Greeks invented Democracy.

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the Greeks invented Democracy.

meaning, one man, one vote, majority rules.
can we agree on that?
the problem became that they would vote themselves to the property of others. like your house and income for example.
the Romans placed the rule of law on democracy. meaning, sure, you can vote on anything, EXCEPT a few things. like other peoples homes and income.

it is just that simple.