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In practice, elections are inherently oligarchic, as argued by Aristotle on a theoretical level and demonstrated by the Romans on a practical one.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Aug 6th, 2012 at 11:14:15 AM EST
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