Myth: The US isn’t a Democracy, it’s a republic.
Fact: We are a Constitutional Republic AND a Democracy. That’s because a republic is a form of Democracy.
The founding fathers believed in a democratically elected government, but they didn’t support a purely Rousseauian-style democracy. So, they devised a system where representatives are democratically elected by the populace to serve at the pleasure of the citizenry.
The existence of voting representatives gives us the “republic” part of our government. But we also have the Senate to balance out power between states–that is, to keep larger states from overpowering smaller states–and the House of Representatives to accurately represent the citizenry of states based on population.
The beauty of the American system can be found in its effort to combine democratic ideals with a classical republic to develop a practical democratic system. In fact, it’s this republicanism that makes democracy work in America.
There’s been a lot of talk about socialism vs. capitalism, and how the U.S. is not in any way a socialist country. In fact, we have managed to mix in a little bit of socialism with our capitalism…without becoming a totalitarian state. It’s about time we learn that socialism vs. capitalism is a false choice.read more
The United States is a democracy, right? Yes. Absolutely. But if that’s the case, why are we seeing arguments to the contrary? It’s not in headlines, but below the surface within right-leaning online political publications—the kinds of places some might go to find...read more