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Which are the symptoms of a decadent Democracy degenerating to Ochlocracy?

Democracy is rule by the people, and Ochlocracy is rule by the mob. Is there a defining point between a democracy and an ochlocracy?

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    Not really. That question asks about what are the signs of a democracy turning into an ochlocracy, but here we are contrasting two completely different systems.
    – Joe Z.
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 16:53

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The difference is in connotation and methods of government, I think. Democracy aims to govern peacefully by the people, through civilized means. Mob rule is when "democracy" turns into "the masses brutalize everyone else that gets in their way".

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