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The essence of democracy

During the early 1900s, an ideological war erupted and the word “democracy” became one of the casualties. Today the average American uses the term “democracy” to describe America’s traditional constitutional republic, but technically speaking, it is not. The founders had hoped that their descendants would maintain a clear distinction between a democracy and a republic.

What was this new movement attempting to accomplish? At a later time, it was explained that the Intercollegiate Socialist Society (ISS) was set up to throw light on the worldwide movement of industrial “democracy” known as socialism.

Socialism is defined as government ownership or control of all the means of production – farms, factories, mines and natural resources – and all of the means of distribution – transporation, communications, and the instruments of commerce.

Obviously, this is not “democracy” in the classic sense, and it is very much the opposite of a free-market economy in a republic.

Please bear in mind that you can defend your freedom by the way you vote, and if you don’t, you could very likely lose your freedom.

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