Is a having a republic or democracy as a governing more effective at preventing tyranny?

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The American right likes to go on about how the US is a republic, not a democracy because a republic protects individual rights while democracy inevitably leads to the "tyranny of the majority". They often cite quotes by the founding fathers that seemingly condemn democracy. However, there are two problems with this argument.

1) Being a republic and a democracy aren't mutually exclusive any more than a republic and a federal system are.

2) The founding fathers were condemning direct democracy (people vote on laws) versus representative democracy (people elect representatives who decide the laws).

However, as for democracy leading to tyranny and a republic protecting freedom, I'm sorry that's idealized nonsense because many republics are authoritarian while no democratic country is.
Is a having a republic or democracy as a governing more effective at preventing tyranny?
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