Is DD a Source of Tyranny and Totalitarianism?

Direct democracy has been accused of easily descending into either a “tyranny of the majority” or a “tyranny of the minority”. Obviously these charges are contradictory; they may make reference to certain risks, but more often they have been used to discredit direct democracy and, thinly veiled, democracy as such.

Direct democracy has been associated with tyranny and totalitarianism in a variety of ways:

Allegation 1

Allegation 2

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