Our Federal election system is as a Republic. While most states, counties, and cities election system is as a Democracy with limitations that can for the most part make them a Republic also.
In a true democracy, if the majority voted to take your car for example, they could do so by majority vote.
In a republic, you own your car and it cannot be commandeered by the majority for their own use.
This is why I said there were limitations in a democratic society bordering on it being a republic also.
If they want your land, they often use techniques such as blighting to make it worthless to you.
I've seen it happen several times in my lifetime right there in St. Louis County.
Like where the Galleria sits.
They tried something similar where my late wife's sister lived, but they caught on and stopped it in it's tracks.
Basically it works like this:
A contractor wants a huge piece of land for a large development.
He will go to the homeowners and offer them about 25% to 35% more than their homes are worth, with a promise to buy in like 2 to 5 years, once they get everyone on board. They may even have contracts for this, with loopholes in the clauses to get the buyers out of the deal.
With this offer in hand, most of the homeowners stop fixing or repairing anything, and just live there biding their time.
Even the city gets involved and no longer maintains the roads and other things they are supposed to take care of.
The area falls into decay and the property values plummet.
The contracts become null and void because the buyer claims they could not get the necessary permits to build, or not enough of their neighbors agreed to the deal.
The houses are devalued, with many now only worth about 1/4 of what they were a few years earlier.
The contractor, or another contractor steps in to save them, offering them perhaps 20% more than the current evaluation. Because the area was blighted by the city, most of the homeowners now just want to take their losses and get out of there as soon as possible.
One of my aunts lived where the Galleria now sits. Her home was valued at over 250k, a little less than several of the homes around her. She was offered something like 315k for her house. She didn't want to move since her home was recently renovated, plus all the people on her street knew each other, having lived there for over 40 years, and they looked out for each other. She was one of the hold-outs who didn't want to sell. They upped the offer to 325k, and her neighbors convinced her to sell, and many were going to buy in a new subdivision so they would all still be together.
As mentioned above, with contracts in hand, they all stopped maintaining their properties, knowing everything was going to be torn down anyhow. Two years went by and nothing happened. After another year, no one could sell their house for over 200k. A few did move out while they could, and before property values dropped any further. Not my aunt, she refused to move. It eventually got to the point, with most of her neighbors gone, the city decided to force everyone out by totally blighting the area. At the end of it all, she was given under 100k, I think more like 87k for her 250k house.
She moved into a seniors apartment complex from there, and had enough money to stay until she finally passed away.
But knowing what they did to my aunt, and many others who lived in that area, is one reason why I never set my foot anywhere on the Galleria property. I also would not buy from companies who had stores in the Galleria either.
When I saw the same thing happening where my late wife's sister lived, and knowing she was a hold-out like my aunt, she was wise enough to get most of the homeowners together and stop the impending actions that would drive them out of their homes. I don't know what happened since I moved away, but they are all gone now, so it doesn't really matter anymore.