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  • The democratic principle that no one is above the law. The rule of law concept traces back to Ancient Greece and the writings of Aristotle (384–322 BCE) and Plato (427–347 BCE). Athens in the 5th century BCE was one of the earliest examples of a rule-of-law society. All men over the age of 30, regardless of social class or wealth, were entitled to serve as jurists, legislators, and magistrates. Aristotle and Plato were wary of the Athen system because they feared rule by the majority. In the United States, the rule of law is based on the U.S. Constitution, which applies to each citizen, including the president, on an equal basis. The principle exists that a democratic society requires the respect of a set of ...

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