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  Aristocracy - LoveToKnow 1911
Aristocracy is thus the government by those who are superior both morally and intellectually, and, therefore, govern directly in the interests of the governed, as a good doctor works for the good of his patient.
The distinction between aristocracy and oligarchy, which are both necessarily the rule of the few, is that whereas the few apcaroc will govern unselfishly, the oligarchs, being the few wealthy ("plutocracy" in modern terminology), will allow their personal interests to predominate.
The aristocracy of which we know most in ancient Greece was that of Athens prior to the reforms of Cleisthenes, but all the Greek city-states passed through a period of aristocratic or oligarchic government.
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 aristocracy — FactMonster.com
Aristocracy may be based on wealth as well as land, as in ancient Carthage and medieval Venice, or may be a theocracy like the Brahman caste in India.
Inflation, which cut into the fixed income of the aristocracy, the loss of the traditional military role of the aristocracy, and the rise of industry and decline in the importance of landed property have all worked against the aristocracy.
Aristocracy - Aristocracy The cold shade of the aristocracy—i.e.
www.factmonster.com /ce6/history/A0804705.html   (273 words)

Aristocracy is a name associated with Western Europe and the old days.
In reality, aristocracies exist today which are in fact the powers that be -- even when for various and sundry diplomatic and deceptive reasons they may choose to not be addressed as lords, ladies, knights, earls, and esquires.
The fact that the upcoming American Aristocracy may be less obvious in their corporate digs is not necessarily cause for celebration.
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In early modern Europe and modern Europe, the aristocracy consisted of the nobility or ruling classes of society.
Membership in the aristocracy was not through achievement, intelligence, or moral growth, but solely hereditary (sometimes it was given out).
They also, however, wanted to avoid the dangers of a hereditary aristocracy, for European history proven amply that the hereditary aristocracy is many things but it rarely consists of the "best" members of society either in moral or intellectual terms (look at the royal family in England, for instance).
www.wsu.edu /~dee/GLOSSARY/ARISTOC.HTM   (508 words)

 aristocracy - Definitions from Dictionary.com
a government or state ruled by an aristocracy, elite, or privileged upper class.
A privileged, primarily hereditary ruling class, or a form of government controlled by such an elite.
Note: Traditionally, the disproportionate concentration of wealth, social status, and political influence in the aristocracy has been resented by the middle class and lower class.
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