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Democracy

In its purest form, democracy is a political system in which decisions are made directly by a voting majority. Most democracies are indirect. The United States, for example, is a democratic-republic: citizens vote for representatives who then pass or reject legislation by voting amongst themselves. 

Brad Birzer - Jacksonian America and the Rise of Democratic Man

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For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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