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Is the United States a pure democracy?

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As defined by multiple dictionaries, democracy means "majority rule" or "government by the people." The records of the U.S. Constitutional Convention show that the founders of the U.S. rejected "a pure democracy" because it amounts to mob rule. At the convention, James Madison, the father of the Constitution, stressed that "such democracies" are "incompatible with personal security" and have "been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths." Instead, the founders of the U.S. created a democratic constitutional republic with checks and balances to "guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part." The Constitution they created is now the longest-standing written constitution of all nations in the world, and many countries have copied its provisions into their constitutions. In stark contrast, the Communist Manifesto calls for winning "the battle of democracy" so that government controls all "property," "communication," "transport," and more.

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