n. The form of government practiced in America by which the people elect representatives they distrust, to create laws they despise, for the country they love.
n. A form of government whereby the thing governing and the thing governed are the same, and thus there is only a permitted authority to enforce an optional obedience.
n. Democracy by proxy – organized mob rule.
In a republic, the foundation of public order is the ever lessening habit of submission inherited from ancestors who, being truly governed, submitted because they had to. There are as many kinds of republics as there are graduations between the despotism whence they came and the anarchy whither they lead.
— Ambrose Bierce