Democracy in Inherit the Wind


A democracy, a system of government by the people and for people, so dedicates itself to the principle of social equality; yet, such an integral tenet seems to lose itself in translation.

“In a true democracy, every man and woman is taught to think for himself or herself.” Brady’s condemnation of Cates’ pedagogic duty to teach Biology with the proven incident of evolution is evidence of how a bigoted society shuns those who even minutely deviate from its proprieties. Unabridged freedoms of thought and promotion of free thought – as apparently averse from Hillsboro’s antiquated theocratic society – must exist for the benefit of all the state’s constituents to punctuate true democracy’s unalienable, intrinsic property: liberty for all.

“A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy.” The idea of a government based on popular sovereignty should accommodate a flexible, liberal societal constitution; however, such a government may distort as the influential gradually introduce conservatism, and society is subjugated to principles and standards that allows no room for individualism, anathema to the concept of a democratic society. Liberality is an integral facet of true democracy, as society requires modernization – which heavenly, anachronistic, old-as-the-Hillsboro so obstinately refrains from – so all men and women may think for themselves and reflect those thoughts in the modern system.

“As long as the differences and diversities of mankind exist, democracy must allow for compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences.” Revered Brown pleads to God to smite the heretical Cates and eternally damn him for beliefs contrary to a religion; such an act is abhorrent for its blatantly bigoted conception of different ideas, which is an important facet of democracy. Neither an abridged situation as the nation of Pakistan where a publicly elected leader suspends a constitution for the purpose of reelection and persecution of dissenters, nor Inherit the Wind’s Reverend Brown cursing and ostracizing a man who “denies the Word,” should occur to deny anyone the unique, essential liberty that democracy so grants. Any idea of any voice should be recognized as a fundamental component of egalitarianism without the threat of popular or governmental repudiation.

Every opinion must be valued; every life must be equal; every liberty must be granted. True democracy is a singular creature: imbued with its ideal element prosperity that could earn the world harmony so that everyone has a voice.