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Re: The Fundamental Requirement for True Democracy
Posted by: ParrhesiaJoe (IP Logged)
Date: May 08, 2009 06:49PM

What do we mean by democracy?

Is that the ability for 51% of the people to make laws that restrict the 49%?

In Federalist Paper No. 10, James Madison wrote, "Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority." That's another way of saying one of the primary dangers of majority rule is that it confers an aura of legitimacy and respectability on acts that would otherwise be deemed tyrannical. Liberty and democracy are not synonymous and could actually be opposites.
Walter E. Williams - March 26, 2007

Do you mean freedom or liberty when you say democracy?

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