Monday, August 04, 2008

Consider the Following


The majority have the right to be wrong.

This is not to debate whether we live in a pure democracy or a representative republic. The idea is about a democratically elected government; that is a government elected by a majority of the voting citizenry to act on behalf of the will of the majority that put the government in power. Taken at face value, is that opening thesis statement true or not? If true, is there any validity to the concept of a "tyranny of the majority"? That is, do not the majority have the right to get it wrong, if that is what the majority want? If the thesis is not true, who determines what is "right", and how is that determined when such a determination would presumably go against the will of the majority? Furthermore, is it democratic if the rule is by a minority?

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