[OT] Are we a democracy or a republic?
amb-plug at bradfords.org
Fri Sep 2 09:44:38 MDT 2005
Thus said Jeremy Hansen on Fri, 02 Sep 2005 09:22:48 MDT:
> Mob rule and majority rule are not the same thing. Majority rule is
> one definition of democracy (notice I said "one"). Mob rule is
> anarchy. The differences may seem subtle, but in practice are
> significant. Majority rule implies that the minority agree to comply
> with the decisions of the majority. There is an inherent order to it.
> Mob rule is simply the lack of order. It implies survival of the
> fittest, kill or be killed. Mobs know tha't there is strength in
> numbers, and in an anarchy, whichever mob is the strongest wins.
So what is democracy called when the minority don't agree with the
majority and are thus compelled not to comply with the decisions of the
majority? Mobs are strengthened by numbers and know that their power
comes from their ability to amass large numbers of support for their
cause. How is majority rule different? Sounds like mob rule to me. If
the minority (or even the individual) doesn't comply with the ``rule of
the majority'' then they use force to make you comply or throw you in
jail. Majority rule is no different than mob rule; they oppress the
minority by force if the minority doesn't agree.
> Majority rule implies that the minority agree to comply with the
> decisions of the majority.
This seems like moral quick sand to me, not to mention conceited of
those in the majority.
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