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Democracy and Republic Are Not Mutually Exclusive

While, yes, technically, the U.S. is not a pure democracy, but a constitutional republic, it’s also clear that the U.S. was founded on democratic principles, and that democracy is critical feature of our government.

Is the United States of America a republic or a democracy? • 2015 May 13 • Eugene Volokh • The Volokh Conspiracy • New York Times

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