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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": With the Cold War ending, we should look with a cold eye on the internationalist set, never at a loss for new ideas to divert U.S.
(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.
The three schools of thought Hulsman identifies are democratists, neorealists, and institutionalists.
American democratists are only a short step behind the Marxists.