? asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment · 2 months ago

Why is the word democracy in the definition of a republic, even as people vehemently swear we are not a democracy?

I really should say even as far right wing Republicans swear we are nothing at all having to do with democracy.  What is the motive for far right wingers trying to spread this lie contracting who we are as a country?

A republic (Latin: res publica, meaning "public affair") is a form of government in which the country is considered a "public matter", not the private concern or property of the rulers. The primary positions of power within a republic are attained through democracy or a mix of democracy with oligarchy or autocracy rather than being unalterably occupied. It has become the opposing form of government to a monarchy and has therefore no monarch as head of state.[1][2][3]As of 2017, 159 of the world's 206 sovereign states use the word "republic" as part of their official names – not all of these are republics in the sense of having elected governments, nor is the word "republic" used in the names of all nations with elected governments.


A republic is a form of democracy.  There are pure democracies which are not feasible for a country but perhaps for a small village or commune, and there is a representative democracy, which is what a republic is.  The reason far right wingers hate democracy is the same reason they hate anti fascists... 

3 Answers

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    We are a representational democracy and the only people who argue about this just don't remember middle school social sciences class. 

  • ?
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    The last part of your question is ironic and holds truth. 

    With that said every country that has a fascist regime, doesn't allow democracy in their legal system or in public beliefs and ideology. To be anti-democracy is to be pro-fascist. 

    4 nations come to mind that had a fascist regime  in the past, Argentina, Spain, Italy and Germany. The fascist regimes of today, Trump is trying to copy, he doesn't want democratic civil rights, democratic rights to for a citizen to vote. 

    The constitution explains it in black & white and is explained quite well.


  • ree
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Democracy, in it's purest sense indicates majority rule. In diminutive societies, it can be feasible for the community to vote on everything. But, in the real world of countries, it's not feasible for the "community" to vote on everything. Therefore, periodically elect republic representatives that speak for the masses. Republic is an extension of democracy. Reps are 4 for 4 winning the presidency w/o the popular vote.

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