The roots of America's democracy problem

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Minority rule is a majority problem.

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  • Vox


     10 months ago +413

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  • Zoo Life

    Zoo Life

     3 days ago +1

    I have NEVER heard anyone say anything about the 2024 election. Were all just stuck up about 2020

  • James Baker

    James Baker

     4 days ago

    "democrats cluster in big cities, republicans are more concentrated in rural areas" - exactly why we need an electoral college, which you forgot to mention is a crucial part of our DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

  • Thomas Tuohy

    Thomas Tuohy

     5 days ago

    Democracy was not meant for everyone.

  • yakyakyak69


     6 days ago

    America is NOT a Democracy. WE HAVE INALIENABLE RIGHTS!

  • Woodshed Philosophy

    Woodshed Philosophy

     6 days ago

    The United States is a republic

  • use5555


     6 days ago

    We were never planned as a Democracy but a Republic. Democrats have a hard time learning and understanding the definition. Democracy can be expressed as "Mob Rule". There is a reason that the founding fathers set up an electoral college and that is so, states like Idaho have the same say as California. Which being a Californian I would vote for a breakup of the state into several new states. The founding fathers were afraid of a low information public that was swayed by emotion and lies. Guess what, that is just exactly what we have now. The left is the most dangerous force in our nation today. It will tear the nation apart in the name of "fairness" if we allow it. There is much trouble on the horizon and I am not sure we can weather it. I am afraid the Great American experiment is failing, just as Alexis de Tocqueville predicted.

  • David Monk

    David Monk

     7 days ago

    Democracy 😔 So we count 300+million votes to pass each and every bill? Republic, words...have meanings!

  • WaxDat8800


     7 days ago

    America is fast approaching an event horizon. Once it crosses, this great experiment is over.

  • mōnt ægūē

    mōnt ægūē

     7 days ago

    bruh there's no problem with democracy: the US isn't a democracy. They're a democratic republic, it's skewed from the start

  • ThisIsBrentHeisler


     7 days ago


  • Seth Daniels

    Seth Daniels

     7 days ago

    And @Edgar C. I 100% agree lol

  • Seth Daniels

    Seth Daniels

     7 days ago

    this man trying to tell us it's unfair for there to be more Republicans than Democrats. And bro. There has to be some way of deciding on a close call and of course GOP will always win. ITS A DEMOCRACY.

  • Ivan Cervera

    Ivan Cervera

     7 days ago

    As a californian i heavily disapprove of splitting us up

  • Jay Brown

    Jay Brown

     7 days ago

    Remembering when, Patrice O’Neal presented the idea of breaking up the country. In these times, it doesn’t seem far off.

  • Untimely Avengest

    Untimely Avengest

     7 days ago

    No this is good less people you have to pay they already are Rich the congressmen

  • Yunfei Liang

    Yunfei Liang

     14 days ago +1

    It's not a democracy. It's a republic.

    And that's exactly the problem. The system was meant to preserve the power of the elites from the beginning.

  • GarnerY- Tv

    GarnerY- Tv

     14 days ago

    America isn’t a democracy it’s a republic

  • Tiefkühlen


     14 days ago +2

    Independence for Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 We DO NOT want statehood

  • Pace Child

    Pace Child

     21 days ago

    funny that you think we are a democracy