Democracy vs Republic

Did you know America is not a democracy? Democracy is not freedom, it’s majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom. Our founding fathers clearly understood this, as evidenced not only by our republican constitutional system, but also by their writings in the Federalist Papers and elsewhere. John Adams argued that democracies merely grant revocable rights to citizens depending on the whims of the masses, while a republic exists to secure and protect pre-existing rights.

Yet how many Americans know that the word “democracy” is found neither in the Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence, our very founding documents?

Watch the 10 minute video link below to learn more about the difference between a democracy and a republic.

 Civic Literacy — Did you know?

· Civic knowledge increases a person’s regard for America’s ideals and free institutions?

· Compared to college, civic knowledge exerts a broader and more diverse influence on the American mind?

· While college fails to adequately transmit civic knowledge, it significantly influences opinion on a narrow set of polarizing social issues? 

 

Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen?  The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%, college educators scored 55%.  Can you do better?  Click on the link below from the American Civic Literacy Program.

Civics Quiz

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Small Groups of Committed Citizens

have played a pivotal role in the spread of democratic ideals?  Benjamin Franklin created small groups in which individuals could discuss important political issues and address pressing public needs. These groups were the grass-roots communities within which the ideals of free speech and vigorous public discourse took hold. 

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