This is just something going on in my head as a working model of democracy – please feel free to add, critique or dismiss.
Democracy should be built on these three principles.
The Law of Justification
The Golden Rule
If a democracy was to derive its laws, rights, policies, institution, etc…, under the scrutiny of these three principles, the resulting government could be quite an example for others to follow.
The Law of Justification (LJ) is the simple process of legitimizing the existence of laws, institutions, policy, trade, etc… Along with LJ, the other two principles acting as guidelines in formulating justifiable government legislation.
Popular Rule (PR) is simply based on the principle of majority rules. With some highly scrutinized autocratic decision making, the majority would dictate all local, state or national government actions accordingly and respectively.
The Golden Rule (GR) is the most worthwhile notion out of the entire bible - Do to others what you would have them do to you. A strictly non-religious form of this principle would be adhered too. The principle would be a counter force to PR due to dominate culture bias. The idealized notion of an educated society implementing this principle along with LJ to act as balance to PR.
Basically LJ, PR and GR would act like the three branches of government acting as balancing force to scrutinize all action of government, including each principle scrutinizing each other.