Well, it’s official: Republicans are now arguing that the US isn’t (& shouldn’t be) a democracy. This is what they believe. From lobbyists writing their bills to sabotaging our civil rights, the GOP works to end democracy. In reality, we have to grow it.
This column on the historical illiteracy and political dishonesty of the "republic not a democracy" remark is excellent
NYT’s Jamelle Bouie and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes take a swing and miss...badly. Let’s break down their bad arguments for abolishing the electoral college, one by one.
Spend enough time talking politics on the internet — or in any other public forum — and you’ll run into this standard reply to anyone who wants more democracy in American government: “We’re a republic, not a democracy.” Um, no, says .
P.S.: I’m embarrassed to say I did not know the etymology of the phrase.
i'm reasonably sure that at least half the responses to this will just be people say "but no we're a republic not a democracy"
The "we're a republic not a democracy" is rooted in right-wing politics not 1787. The history lays out of this slogan makes it clear that it is to "make American government a closed domain for a select, privileged few." Must read!
's piece on "a republic, not a democracy is excellent. Please read it. I want to add a couple points I briefly discussed in my own piece a couple years back.
The idea that proponents of greater electoral equity have to quiet down because we live in a ‘republic’ is absurd, argues
“A republic not a democracy” has become annoying not because the underlying sentiment is wrong—“more democracy” is not always & automatically better in every context—or because it’s terminologically confused, but because it substitutes for an argument.
On behalf of all political scientists, a hearty thank you to for writing this.
Late to this one by , but it really is striking how often conservatives respond to proposals for voting rights, D.C. statehood, and election security with the bizarre non-sequitur rebuttal "We're a republic, not a democracy!"
Whats the origin of "its a republic, not a democracy?" People started using it to oppose FDR's case for entering from WWII. Then the Birchers adopted it "to naturalize political inequality and make it the proper order of things." Via
This from is the best explanation of the “republic not a democracy” debate that’s put political scientists in various states of aghast.
The only thing AOC understands better than Republicans is how to Instagram
Fantastic dismantling of the "republic, not a democracy" nonsense by
chatting about my most recent column, which you can read here
You probably don't need me to tell you to read everything writes in the NYT, but ... do.
At no point does this op-Ed even lay a glove on the “51% aren’t supposed to rule over 49%” argument. Rather it’s the typical strategy of naming an argument you can’t refute so your giant echo chamber can now roll their eyes at it.