Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It's not just about mob rule.

Ngaire Woods: 'Democracy is not just about being elected' – video | Politics |

Also, I just watched this. it's a snippet out of a larger debate. Which I'm off to watch now. But please watch this. I don't know the speaker, Ngaire Woods, but the point she makes is an awesome one that I'm not sure a lot of people understand. I say that because of the number of times that I hear people seem to think that democracy is purely based on a majority vote. It's one of the things that I picked up in politics class years and years ago. If democracy is nothing more than a majority vote, then you have, in effect mob rule or a tyranny of the majority. A tyranny of the majority doesn't need to pay attention to it's own laws - it can overule them at any time.

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