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reply to post by onequestion
There is a reason for the ignorance people have behind government.
Its starts in the schools and ends in the media.
If people knew what their government was supposed to do and be they might have a problem with the current reality.
Well, a direct democracy is bad...for those in the minority on any issue.
A republic, which is a representative democracy, is better. It provides a voice to those in the minority.edit on 2/22/2014 by Phage because: (no reason given)
For the record, I have a difficult time understanding the difference myself.
The purpose of a Constitutional Republic is to place limits on the tyranny of the majority. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote:
If, on the other hand, a legislative power could be so constituted as to represent the majority without necessarily being the slave of its passions, an executive so as to retain a proper share of authority, and a judiciary so as to remain independent of the other two powers, a government would be formed which would still be democratic while incurring scarcely any risk of tyranny.
A liberal democracy is a political system where a democratic process (such as a majoritarian election) determines who will occupy political offices, but at the same time some fundamental rights of all citizens, such as free speech and the freedom of the press, are protected from encroachment from the government or the majority.
The point is to protect civil liberty and the minority from majority rule.
Everything else is bull# and semantic.
A direct democracy is an example of a not republic. In its "purest" form, a democracy is not a republic.
And while there may be republics in name which are not in any stretch of the imagination democracies, a true republic is a form of democracy.
No, a direct democracy is still a republic. A government by the people.
A republic and a democracy are identical in every aspect except one. In a republic the sovereignty is in each individual person. In a democracy the sovereignty is in the group.