Ed: Actually, the U.S. is a republic, do your homework.
DeShaun: Well, by law the U.S. is supposed to be a republic, but in actuality it is a Corpocracy - democracy by corporations.
All: Tru Dat
a. Indirectly (a common occurrence). Usually the result of pandemic corruption or gradual erosion of a nation's checks and balances on the executive branch of government; to the point where greed takes precedence over your representative's morals.
b. Directly (currently theoretical). There are few companies with the capital to afford starting their own direct corpocracy.
2. America's actual system of government.
1b. Microsoft has enough money to buy a small country, thus forming the first direct corpocracy.
2. America became a corpocracy when both the Republicans and the Democrats dropped all pretence at serving the nation's best interests; opting to take bribes from the defence industry, large oil companies, and Hollywood instead.