A mob rule system of government. Inevitably fails.

Has major differences to a representative form of government.
In Democracy every man has a vote but does not work on large scales. Generally leads to chaos due to lack of organization and the pure anarchy due to the lack of rule of law.

In contrast, the federalized republic is a large scale Democratic system that is made up of many people's representatives elected by popular vote.
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Taken from the Greek 'demos' and 'kratos' ('people' and 'power' respectively), it refers to the system of government in which the entire population effectively rules through a concentrated body which relies on the population's opinion as a source for its policies.
The French Revolution was sparked by ideals of liberty and democracy for all.
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What America isn't.
"We're a fucking republic, not a democracy."
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The lie they tell you so they can keep getting rich.
Look around you. When's the last time you were getting rich?
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Mob rule.

Works in theory, fails in practice.
The government never really cares about the opinions of the people who support it anyway.
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a term politicians may use in the event of an emergency.

reporter: "President bush why are americans going to war - oh I beg your pardon -I meant pre-emptive strike- with iraq if a 87% majority of american citizens do not condone the act?

bush: ..uh...um...democracy! yo mama! thats right, you heard me. democracy biatch.
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Any of a number of forms of government which at their core have some degree of decision-making performed by a system of voting. Exactly who can vote (franchisement) often varies quite widely, and has historically in many countries been divided along lines of age, gender, religion, economic status, class, race, ethnic group, language, nationality, and citizenship. The degree of participation can also vary. A direct democracy, for example, would in principle have all decisions made by popular vote. Most democratic nations use some form of representative democracy, whereby voters designate certain people or groups to make decisions for them.
Though both the United States and the United Kingdom have democratic elements, their political systems are quite different.
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The notion that millions who cannot order their own lives properly are somehow still at least minimally qualified to participate in the ordering of the lives of millions.
Often heard in a democracy: "Hey, where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?"
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