from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Government by the masses; mob rule.
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- n. Mob rule; government by the masses; mobocracy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A form of government by the multitude; a mobocracy; mob rule.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The rule or ascendancy of the multitude or common people; mobocracy; mob-rule.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a political system in which a mob is the source of control; government by the masses
a democracy that departed from the civil and political equality which was its supposed basis, and gave ascendancy to a faction, was sometimes designated by the term ochlocracy, or the dominion of the rabble.
The latter is rightly called "ochlocracy" -- mob rule.
If we lived in a mobocracy (also known as ochlocracy) we would vote and the majority would rule on every little issue.
"ochlocracy," or government by the mob, in which the numbers have no real share: an oligarchy of the fiercest, the noisiest, the rashest, and the most shameless, which is surely swallowed up either by a despotism, as in
This is called grandstanding for the sake of ochlocracy.
There can be ochlocracy in bicameral systems & democracy in unicameral ones. urgs Says:
Democratic process in pre-enlightenment society inevitably produces the worst kind of tyranny: tyranny of the fanatical mob what Plato named “ochlocracy”.
According to Polybius, the kyklos, or political cycle, rotates through three forms of government — democracy, aristocracy, and monarchy — and the degenerate forms of each of those three — ochlocracy, oligarchy, and tyranny:
Sadly, the country is terrorized and under control of ochlocracy.
Sadly, the country is terrorized and under control of ochlocracy. '