have always meant different things to different people and seldom, outside the Parish meeting, 'rule by the people'. An example was the German Democratic Republic, Soviet Russia's totalitarian satellite.
   We are wise to look for a flaw in any concept or political argument claimed to be based on the principles of democracy:
    'Vietnam's Democratic One-man Rule' — the Procrustean subject was Diem.
    A democratic 'dictator' or a 'democratic' dictator? (M. McCarthy, 1967)

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