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Democracy Forum 5/17/19: Republic vs Democracy: Why Should We Care?

Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine
Engineer: Amy Browne

What do those words mean: republic and democracy?

What do people mean when they say, “We’re not a democracy; we’re a republic,” in the context of different policy debates.

Is there a particular subtext implicating minority rights, even minority rule, and possibly states’ rights and federalism?

Guests :

Lance Dutson, a Republican communications consultant and a columnist for the Bangor Daily News.

Joseph Reisert, Associate Professor of American Constitutional Law at Colby College

 To learn more about this topic:

  1. Democracy or Republic?, Jay Cost in Nationa Review September, 2018.
  2. Sorry, Liberals, But America Is Not A Democracy, And It’s Better That Way,, Clifford Humphrey in The Federalist February, 2018.
  3. Is the U.S. a Democracy? A Social Studies Battle Turns on the Nation’s Values Dana Goldstein in The New York Times April, 2019.
  4. Is the United States of America a republic or a democracy? Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy, at The Washington Post May, 2015.
  5. You Say Democracy, I Say Republic, Jonathan Bernstein in Bloomberg April, 2019        

The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes: Starr Gilmartin, Maggie Harling, Ann Luther, Maryann Ogonowski, Pam Person, Leah Taylor, Linda Washburn

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