We're not a Democracy, Elizabeth

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On the outside, trickling down on the Insiders
If the labor force gets to have a bigger say in policy making, which includes holding the state accountable, then we can safely say that the group has some power. Unfortunately, as sociologists have been pointing out for some time now, all of us tend to mistake majoritarianism for democracy (Source: Sociology: The Essentials). Having the biggest mandate is not a sign of unanimous acceptance. Every time I have a conversation with my friends about why taking the interests of minority groups into consideration is an essential aspect of democracy, I hear things like "That's what a commie would say." Which is quite sad.
Snob Rule Calls Democracy "Mob Rule"


The hereditary 1% controls all other minorities, turning predators and parasites loose on the majority. Besides, every majority comprises various minorities, so the minorities' only right is to align themselves with others. If they can't find anyone to accept them, that is a wise choice by the coalitions, not an unjustifiable prejudice that the 1%'s Liberal/Conservative Axis makes it out to be.
 
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Snob Rule Calls Democracy "Mob Rule"


The hereditary 1% controls all other minorities, turning predators and parasites loose on the majority. Besides, every majority comprises various minorities, so the minorities' only right is to align themselves with others. If they can't find anyone to accept them, that is a wise choice by the coalitions, not an unjustifiable prejudice that the 1%'s Liberal/Conservative Axis makes it out to be.
I agree partly. Non-alignment on the part of the majority does not necessarily have to be unjustifiable. In fact, it can be the most ethical option in some cases.
 
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2 points: Knowledge isn't biased in its origin and can manifest itself in ways unimaginable.
You're parsing words and that includes the title of the thread. We often interchange the words democracy and republic because this country is actually both. Some decisions (often local) are made by direct democratic processes, while others (often federal) are made by democratically elected representatives.
We are not a fully direct democracy--that is true---but any way you slice it we do DIRECTLY vote on some candidates and some issues.
The founders (including Franklin) argued vehemently about this issue--like so many other issues. They came to a consensus of WHAT to call America, but that does NOT MEAN that they were entirely pleased with the "word" Republic.
They just wanted to avoid the pitfalls of past governments, including despots, oligarchs, monarchy, etc.
But then......along came Trump.
Epic fail. LOL
 
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You're parsing words and that includes the title of the thread. We often interchange the words democracy and republic because this country is actually both. Some decisions (often local) are made by direct democratic processes, while others (often federal) are made by democratically elected representatives.
We are not a fully direct democracy--that is true---but any way you slice it we do DIRECTLY vote on some candidates and some issues.
The founders (including Franklin) argued vehemently about this issue--like so many other issues. They came to a consensus of WHAT to call America, but that does NOT MEAN that they were entirely pleased with the "word" Republic.
They just wanted to avoid the pitfalls of past governments, including despots, oligarchs, monarchy, etc.
But then......along came Trump.
Epic fail. LOL
Nope- your disregarding words mean things. Franklin is noted for saying: a republic if you can keep it-
 
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Nope- your disregarding words mean things. Franklin is noted for saying: a republic if you can keep it-
NOPE? NOPE TO what?
Are you saying we do NOT vote through democratic AND representative processes?