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Unformatted text preview: elections, proliferation of legislation, lack of consistency in policy iii. Lack of any guarantee against majority tyranny iv. omnipotent majorities 1. narrowness of political debate in U.S. v. “causes for the mildness of government should be sought more in circumstances and habits than in laws” vi. habits of the legal profession vii. habits of citizens as jurors Questions to ponder • state and local government as locus of majority tyranny? – direct election, citizen-initiated ballot measures, recall elections • political parties in U.S. today – great parties for small purposes? • Range of political debate as reflected in major parties, Congress and legislatures – suppression of dissent, or the fruits of stable consensus, or both?...
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2008 for the course MC 201 taught by Professor Lynnscott during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.
- Fall '08