America Is Not a Democracy. How the United States lost the faith of its citizens—and what it can do to win them back
It is not a Democracy, but today could be called a democratic Republic, which has a curious definition suiting the purposes of some. That said, issues you mention, such as gerrymandering, are not problems exclusive to America, but are widespread among nations large and small.
The Times author notes that “Conservatives are often unmoved by complaints that our system is undemocratic, arguing that America was intended not as a democracy but a republic.”
The bottom line here is: The United States of America is a Republic with a Representative Democracy (a type of Democracy, but not a Pure Direct Democracy). Therefore, while technically a republic, it isn’t incorrect to refer to the U.S. as a democracy (or more specifically as a representative democracy) in most contexts.
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Democracy can easily devolve into tyranny by majority rule. The Founders understood this danger, and so they placed numerous checks on the power of the majority.
Where democracy is limited by constitutional design, however, as American democracy is—where limited democracy is accepted as that form of government least likely to violate the liberties of its citizens—the expressed preferences of those who voted for the losing candidate are not discounted to zero.
Most people often mistakenly refer to our nation as the greatest democracy on earth. They are mistaken because we are not an absolute democracy; we are a constitutional republic. That is what makes our nation great, for if we were merely a democracy, we would be anything but great.
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"American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it's pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation's "news" media)," he writes. "The US, in other words, is basically ...