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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Understands Democracy Better Than Republicans Do

Aug 27, 2019 - The New York Times

The idea that proponents of greater electoral equity have to quiet down because we live in a ‘republic’ is absurd.

Spend enough time talking politics on the internet — or in any other public forum — and you’ll run into this standard reply to anyone who wants more democracy in American government: “We’re a republic, not a democracy.”

You saw it over the weekend, in an exchange between Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Dan Crenshaw of Texas. In a ...