For the Republic: The Downfall of Democracy
by Her Excellency Cecily Eleanora Marie de Demici, Senator of Onderon
"The Old Republic was the Republic of legend, greater than distance or time. No need to note where it was or whence it came, only to know thatâ€¦ it was the Republic."
As many of my students and colleagues have noted, several of my lectures and collected works focus on the success of the rule of law by which democracies are governed. The resulting critique of my academic essays has questioned my answer to the question of why democracy has "so often failed the galaxy." To this question, I must first raise the counter point that true democracy has never failed the galaxy. Instead, the officials chosen as custodians of the law have failed the galaxy.
The question remains though, is democracy so weak that it cannot withstand a handful of corrupt officials? If, as I assert, democracy is the truest expression of benevolence in the galaxy, why, for years prior to the rise of the Empire, was it ruled by evil and corruption?
In this essay I will strive to answer these questions. To begin, we will