September 23 lecture revised

September 23 lecture revised - September 23, 2009 Review:...

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September 23, 2009 Review: Aspects of the federal constitution Majority Rule: positive v. negative aspects Things which mitigate Tyranny of the Majority: 1. Lawyers - closest thing to an aristocracy. -124 2. Juries - may be insulated from majority whims. 3. Associations -local needs force men to help each other-199 4. Press - can drop the same idea into a thousand minds-202 5. Political parties (potential) 6. Local government - shows how private and public interests intersect. Why do we have majority tyranny? 1. Because equality holds that all opinions/individuals are equal. The greatest wisdom = the greatest number. 2. If decisions are made this way, what’s the use in fighting or getting involved in civic affairs, especially if you are in the minority? 3. This leads to individualism, the natural product of
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the equality of condition. “Individualism is a mature and calm feeling, which disposes each member of the community to sever himself from the mass of his fellows and to draw apart with his family and friends; so that, after he
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2011 for the course POLI SCI 0859 taught by Professor Robinkolodny during the Fall '09 term at Temple.

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