2005-06-07

"The primary lesson of the bill of rights is that liberty trumps democracy."

Good quote. It very much relates to the concept of "tyranny of the majority". Just because a majority votes to do something doesn't make it permissible. That's one of the foundational philosophies of liberal democracy. Tyranny by popular vote is no better than tyranny by a monarch, dictator, oligarchy or one-party rule. Think about that the next time someone says, "The majority in this state want prayer in schools, and that's what democracy is all about." That's no different from saying, "The majority in this state want slavery legalized, and that's what democracy is all about."
Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Response to Patterico on "made-up rights"

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