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USA — Republic or Democracy? [duplicate]

I am recalling a slogan of the John Birch Society from back, I think, in the early 60s: This is a republic, not a democracy. Let's keep it that way! Without starting partisan bickering, what ...
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What kind of government did Tocqueville consider the United States?

In Democracy in America does Tocqueville consider the United States a democracy, or does he have more nuanced views about the United States's form of government?
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Why didn't Orestes Brownson think that the “American form” of government is a “Mixed Government”?

In The American Republic: Its Constitution, Tendencies, and Destiny (1865), Orestes Brownson claims (ch. 1 introduction): Aristotle* knew only four forms of government: Monarchy, Aristocracy, ...
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What would a government be called if the citizens elected a ruler, but this ruler got all the power?

Assume there was a fantasy world in which a ruler was elected to become "king". This king election would be completely democratic and fair. Then, when the king is elected, he or she has absolute power ...
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What is the difference between a Republic and a Representative Democracy?

What is the difference between a Republic and a Representative Democracy? Are these the same thing and merely an issue of semantics, or is there a functional difference?
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Create a System of government that uses the Stack Exchange system to make decisions

Stack exchange seems to brilliantly and concisely match an answer to a question and more key has a great way of ranking the 'correct' or most efficient answer based on merit or efficacy. Can we ...
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Successful non-democracies?

Those of us in the US, and I'm pretty sure this is true in many other first world nations, are indirectly preached the gospel of democracy in school. It's pretty much implied that Democracy is the ...
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Why do dictators always repress their people?

For example what's in North Korea right now - people are given minimal privileges - why is this? Aren't there some country which is both democratic and dictatorship? Like there is a single person ...
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Muamar Gadafi and Libya (military intervention by NATO)

What really was the problem with the late Gaddafi's Leadership as the president of Libya. What possibly would have led NATO signatories (UK,US and Britain) to be all over His rule and yet the citizens ...
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Has there ever been a national meritocracy?

Has there ever been a meritocracy at the scale of a nation? By meritocracy I mean a system of government in which the citizen's vote is weighted based upon the merit of the individual casting that ...