This is the question that Amelia should have asked in her thread, in my opinion. It gets all confused to ask whether it IS one, because of the observable corruption of democracy by corporate money. Those of us who are part of Occupy or at least agree with the movements aims recognize (and bitch about) that no, the U.S. is not a democracy -- but we think it should be one and is supposed to be one. So here we go. SHOULD the U.S. be a democracy? Now, a definition: a government is a DEMOCRACY if its decisions are made with reference to the will of the majority of the people. Democracy takes two forms: 1) Pure or direct democracy, in which the people vote directly on laws or policies. 2) Representative democracy or democratic republic, in which the people elect representatives who then vote on laws or make policies.