I explore the concept of militant democracy in the context of what appear to be persistent threats to the democratic order. I begin with reconstruction of militant democracy, intended to distinguish and identify historical manifestations of the concept. I then trace and document a core element of the concept — party regulation — across historical constitutions. I then turn to a particularly acute threat to democracy in developing societies — executive term-limit evasion. Term-limit evasion accelerates a pernicious negative cycle in which constitutional non-compliance begets constitutional weakness, which in turn begets subsequent non-compliance. Such a negative feedback loop is a core problem in law. Militant democracy, the logic of which implies the entrenchment and protection of term limits, would potentially disrupt such negative cycles.