"The Right of all members of society to form
their own beliefs and communicate them freely to others
must be regarded as an essential principle
of a democratically organized society."
Thomas I. Emerson
(1907-1991) Lines Professor of Law, Yale University, author
Toward A General Theory of the First Amendment, 1966
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Just keep in mind the United States is a Constitutionally Limited Federal REPUBLIC ... not a democracy. The title of the source screams socialism to me.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    i thnk that joe is gay............chyea
     -- bill, escalon     
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    A republic is a kind of democracy, by the way.
     -- Anonymous     
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    As a stand alone concept, it can be / maybe - most often not. "Democratically organized society" covers a large realm of organizations - including "democracy", that does NOT have as an essential principle the "right(s)" of each / all members, only the power of a majority (might makes right). A republican form of government can use democratic strategies to choose a method of administering individual inalienable rights.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Since Jefferson called his party the Democratic-Republicans, I am willing to have 'democratic' as an adverb for a 'republican' form of government. A republican form of government can have many forms - democratic processes and principles have certainly been incorporated into America's version.

    "The right to form their own beliefs" is the meat of the statement.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    I'm with E Archer on this.
     -- Jim K, Austin     
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