Subject: We do seem rather uniquely to use "republic" to mean representative democracy over here.
Posted on: 2022-11-11 21:41:03 UTC

Wikipedia explains better than I can, but honestly it's bewildering.

When it comes to "direct democracy" vs "indirect democracy," ruling out an illogical scenario like expecting small children to vote, I think it's worth distinguishing between "all citizens" and "a body of citizens" where the body could be white male landowners (as it was here in the past) or any other specially entitled group.

Re. the Senate, the Founding Fathers made some decisions based on worries about a "tyranny of the majority," which I interpret to mean non-white, non-male, non-wealthy people having too much power. That's one of them.

I'm not sure that actually clears anything up, because it's all a mess, but I tried?


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