Tyranny of Majority Notes

Tyranny of Majority Notes - Tyranny of Majority The power...

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Tyranny of Majority The power of the majority should be absolute, for in democracies nothing outside the majority can keep it in check Constitutions have further sought to increase this natural strength of the majority by artificial means Of all powers, the legislature obeys most readily the will of the majority o Note* federal constitution, the Union legislators had made great efforts to counteract this. The result is the federal government more independent than the states The legislature should be appointed directly by the people and for a very brief term of office, so as to rorce them to bow not only to general public opinion but also to the passing passions of their constituents The members of both houses have been chosen from the same class and appointed in the same way, having constituted the legislature this way, almost all the powers of government have been concentrated in its hands. It granted the representatives of the executive neither stability nor independence and, by subordinating them completely to the whims of the legislature, it deprived them of what little influence democratic government might have allowed them to exert. More enlightenment and wisdom are found in a group of men than in one man
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