Many definitions of Democracy, and huge controversy over how it should be defined. Some:
- US State Department (no KISS formula here, I didn’t even try to muddle thru it)
- Miriam-Webster (shorter but badly organized)
- Reference.com brings 945 entries and shows 2 very comprehensive definitions.
- TheFreeDictionary (back to basics) for our start:
“Majority Rules” sounds great until one puts the old brain in gear and asks what happens to those who are not majority. The real situation in the USA is that the Majority forces the “Minority” (by any definition) to be at the service of the Majority, sacrificing rights, lives and property to support the ‘The Greater Good’ — Social Security, Welfare, Health Care, Farm Subsidies, Wars #1 thru #999 ad nauseum.
Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative have become incomprehensible terms, and it has become impossible to define any clear distinction between them. All use taxes(=theft) as the means to force their vague and immoral principles upon everyone. The system has become not one of morality but one of transfer schemes.
The primaries serve only to eliminate those outside the so-called majority/mainstream. Ballots don’t have X=’none of the above’, thus we may choose only the lesser evil, and can vote only for a person who is the winning nominee of an ‘established political party’.
All this is not to say that we should get rid of democracy. But clearly there is need for tighter definition. Surely we should study the difference between Republic and Democracy, but it’s not particularly helpful in dealing with Majority Rules.