Representative Democracies


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Democratic governments use a variety of means to build consensus.

Democratic governments use a variety of means to build consensus.

The synthesis between republics and democracies is the representative democracy. At the core of this type of system is the desire to balance equality with the need for a hierarchy. Such an arrangement is well-suited for large societies like the Roman Empire or the United States (often mistakenly called a democracy), as the accepted inequality present in a representative democracy provides a certain amount of stability. Even in large societies – thanks to the evolution of more and more incredible technologies and organizational skills – we keep striving to insert more and more democratic ideals into our republican power structures. In order to achieve maximum representation at every level of power, we demand full accountability from the governors to the governed. Through this kind of proper representation, while every citizen’s voice is not heard directly in all debates, citizens can elect representatives who, they trust, will speak for them in voices true to their own. What results is a system of stable inequality.

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