1. A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
2. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
There's far too much of the former and not enough of the latter in the mainstream American conscience, these days. Just thought I'd post a reminder that government centralized socioeconomic controls, censorship, control through terror, racism and belligerent nationalism, whether practiced by the majority or not, is till counter to the ideals on which our society was founded.