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    • JH
    • 11.10.10 | 04:06 (IST)

    The phrase tyranny of the majority (NOT MINORITY) (also: tyranny of the masses), used in discussing systems of democracy and majority rule, is a criticism of the scenario in which decisions made by a majority under that system would place that majority's interests so far above a dissenting individual's interest that the individual would be actively oppressed, just like the oppression by tyrants and despots.[1] The phrase "tyranny of the majority" originates with Alexis de Tocqueville in his Democracy in America (1835, 1840)[3] and was further popularized by John Stuart Mill, who cites de Tocqueville, in On Liberty (1859); the Federalist Papers frequently refer to the concept, though usually under the name of "the violence of majority faction," particularly in Federalist 10. You obviously have no idea what a democracy truly is and what it takes legally for the continuation of one. That's why we have a Bill of Rights in America, to protect each individual, especially a person with a minority opinion, from the will and evil of the majority. Please read the "Federalist Papers" to gain a clearer understanding of Democracy in action. Perhaps your Knesset members each need a copy as well.

    from the article: The Jewish Republic of Israel
    First published 01:21 10.10.10 | Last updated 01:21 10.10.10
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