Senator Mike Lee and the “We’re Not a Democracy, We’re a Republic” Blues

Anyone who writes about politics and is foolish enough to read the comments knows that, as a matter of moral certainty, any use of the word “democracy” in an article about the United States will be met with the cliche, “we’re a republic, not a democracy.” The commenter will usually go on to express utter disbelief that anybody could be so uninformed that they don’t…




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Michael Austin

Michael Austin

Michael Austin is a former English professor and current academic administrator. He is the author of We Must Not Be Enemies: Restoring America’s Civic Tradition

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