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In Democracy, Minority’s EQUAL Rights must be protected from the tyrannizing majority

January 22, 2012

SOURCE: Extracts from Majority Rule/Minority Rights: Essential Principles from Democracy web

Majority Rule

In practice, democracy is governed by its most popularly understood principle: majority rule.

Namely, the side with the most votes wins, whether it is an election, a legislative bill, a contract proposal to a union, or a shareholder motion in a corporation. The majority (or in some cases plurality) vote decides.

Democracy Requires Minority Rights

Yet majority rule can not be the only expression of “supreme power” in a democracy.

If so, the majority would too easily tyrannize the minority.

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