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Democrat

A person or scholar who believes in self-rule in a polity. In a democracy, the citizens vote on issues of governance. Often, the term also refers to a republican, who believes that citizens should elect representatives who vote on issues of governance, but the two terms are not identical.
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In an essay entitled "America First--and Second and Third," I warned against "the democratist temptation":
As Leon Trotsky believed in advancing world communist revolution, neocons and democratists believe we have some inherent right to intervene in nations that fail to share our views and values.
58) Deliberative democratists and communitarians would likely go further, considering the public debate on political issues that takes place between and among people, and between and among institutions, as democratic participation.