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Ochlocracy (Greek: οχλοκρατια; Latin: ochlocratia) is government by mob or a disorganized mass of people. Ochlocracy is also used as a pejorative term for democracy and more specifically, majoritarianism.


  • "...the other when the members of the oligarchy curry popularity with the mob (οχλον), as the Civic Guards at Larisa courted popularity with the mob (οχλον) because it elected them,..." Politics, Aristotle, trans. by H. Rackham, Loeb Classical Library, BkV v 5; 1305 b 25-30; Vol 264 pg 404-405.
  • "...and in putting no trust in the multitude (which is why they resort to the measure of stripping the people of arms, and why ill-treatment of the mob (οχλον) and its expulsion from the city and settlement in scattered places is common to both forms of government, both oligarchy and tyranny),..." Politics, Aristotle, trans. by H. Rackham, Loeb Classical Library, BkV viii 7; 1311a 10; Vol 264, pg 442-443.
  • "Ochlocratia, such a state, as in which the rude and rusticall people moderate all thinges after their own luste." Serm., J. Stockwood, C ij b. year: 1584. OED
  • "We will not carry on any further our picture of the ochlocracy, in which all social union was entirely dissolved, and the state surrendered to the arbitrary will of a turbelent populace". The History and Antiquities of the Doric Race, Karl Otfried Müller, 2nd ed. rev., John Murray, Albemarle Str. London, 1839. Vol II, pg 10.
  • "The commonest of the old charges against democracy was that it passed into ochlocracy." Amer. Commw., Bryce, III. v. xcv. 337. year: 1888. OED.
  • "Our motto must be: liberty, fraternity and inequality. Democracy must never degenerate into ochlocracy." Aristodemocracy, From the Great War back to Moses, Christ and Plato, An essay, Sir Charles Waldstein, Longmans, Green and Co., NY, 1917. pg 327.
  • "Ochlocracy, the dictatorship of the mob, is the goal toward which the development of the mass-democracy of Caesarism is leading." The Revolution of Nihilism, Hermann Rauschning, Alliance Book Corp., NY, 1939. pg 86.
  • "Yet the great impulse for our modern ochlocracy and democratism comes from France". The Menace of the Herd, 1943. pg 31
  • "This leads us to another ochlocratic problem: the bourgeois origin of ochlocracy in relation to an integral political and cultural egalitarianism". The Menace of the Herd, 1943. pg 56.

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