pure democracy


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pure democracy

n.
A democracy in which the power to govern lies directly in the hands of the people rather than being exercised through their representatives.
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From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction.
Let us examine the points in which it varies from pure democracy, and we shall comprehend both the nature of the cure and the efficacy which it must derive from the Union.
Solon seems not to have altered the established form of government, either with respect to the senate or the mode of electing their magistrates; but to have raised the people to great consideration in the state by allotting the supreme judicial department to them; and for this some persons blame him, as having done what would soon overturn that balance of power he intended to establish; for by trying all causes whatsoever before the people, who were chosen by lot to determine them, it was necessary to flatter a tyrannical populace who had got this power; which contributed to bring the government to that pure democracy it now is.
10, that in a pure democracy "there is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual." At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, delegate Edmund Randolph said, "that in tracing these evils to their origin every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy."
Dr, Kamal, a close associate of Bangabandhu, said the Father of the Nation had struggled throughout his life for establishing pure democracy and making people owners of the country.
Subsequently, the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas have been moving towards pure democracy and getting all kind of opportunities.
From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction....
The Founders wanted to keep checks on pure democracy, so they put various mechanisms in the Constitution to guarantee our system of republican (lower-case "r") government survives.
Rosen contends that Taft, as president, "approached each presidential decision by asking whether it comported with the Constitution." In his book Liberty Under Law: An Interpretation of the Principles of Our Constitutional Government, Taft wrote, "We are not a pure democracy governing by direct action, and the great men who framed our fundamental law did not intend that we should be."
Pure democracy is "reckless" and "terrifying." But he also admits that representative democracy implies more power for the politicians and the experts.
"It's pure democracy," Couch said of the ballot process.