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Democracy

In its purest form, democracy is a political system in which decisions are made directly by a voting majority. Most democracies are indirect. The United States, for example, is a democratic-republic: citizens vote for representatives who then pass or reject legislation by voting amongst themselves. 

Brad Birzer - Jacksonian America and the Rise of Democratic Man

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