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A Republic, if You Can Keep It . . .:

Our Constitution created a limited representative republic. A republic is different from a democracy. In a democracy, the majority can directly make laws, while in a republic, elected representatives make laws. Basically, in a pure democracy, the majority has unlimited power, whereas in a republic, a written constitution limits the majority and provides safeguards for the individual and minorities.

In the United States, we actually have both systems. [...]

Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.

Maybe wrongly attributed to Thomas Jefferson:


Manifesto and polls

Manifesto page on Democracy, and list of polls related to the topic:


Project Vote Smart: "At a unique research center located high in the Montana Rockies and far from the partisan influences of Washington, our staff, interns, and volunteers are working hard to strengthen the most essential component of democracy – access to information. Project Vote Smart is a non-partisan, nonprofit educational organization funded exclusively through individual contributions and philanthropic foundations."

Free & Equal Elections Foundation "is an election reform organization dedicated to the idea that all citizens should enjoy an equal share of the rights and responsibilities of our nation’s governance. We strive to create a system in which all citizens are equal in their ability to participate." Statewatch has been monitoring the state and civil liberties in Europe for 23 years. EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.

* Chris Hayes panel discusses how to improve our Voting System.


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