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The Majority Is Right...Or Is It?  
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

An excellent commentary in todays Orange County Register.

http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=19025§ion=COMMENTARY&year=2003&month=1&day=8

here are some excerpts that sum it up pretty neatly:

The basis of virtually all freedom is the right to private property.

Indeed, whenever you own something, you then are supposed to be free to do with it anything peaceful you want - "peaceful" meaning whatever doesn't violate anyone's right to do as he or she sees fit within his or her sphere of authority

In a free society, of course, people will have wishes concerning the composition of their neighborhood - whether, for example, a bunch of advertising or religious signs are to mar the view. But in a free society, the way such matters are supposed to be decided isn't by imposing the will of some on the will of the rest, even if the former are the majority. That would simply mean a version of tyranny, that of the majority, which is hardly an improvement over the tyranny of a dictator or political party.

Instead, those who want matters to be different should try to find some legal method to persuade the property owner in question to change his or her ways.

Too many Americans have become unrestrained democrats who believe that simply being in the majority renders whatever one decides to do perfectly acceptable. That this would have justified slavery at one time, or the lynch mob, or the destruction of democracy itself






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User currently offlineOvelix From Greece, joined Aug 1999, 639 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1360 times:

Majority is a way of deciding and practicing things but ONLY through a democratic meaning.

Many people confuse the free will and the majority's rule with "we do what we like" mentality.

In the past the "oligarchy" system was very spread. Now it has replaced by the democracy. But it seems that a few people with economical or political power, overpower the elected officials. This seems like an oligarchy system to me.

Kostas


User currently offlineN202PA From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1562 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1341 times:

The basis of the American system of government is that the majority shouldn't be trusted all the time, for precisely the reasons mentioned above. This is why we have a republic instead of a straight democracy.

User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1316 times:

Sorry, but I'm confused. This "fine commentary" doesn't seem to have a point, or more accurately, an example. The crosses on private property are ok, and there seems to be a minor dispute on business sign ordinances. No signs were banned. It's hard to get excited about an issue that doesn't seem to be a problem, at least going by this articles examples. Those that did want the sign down DID find a legal way to challenge it and they lost. Now, if they burn it down in the night, THEN there's a story.............

User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1281 times:

Everything was fine until I read:

Too many Americans have become unrestrained democrats

Which of course is just a euphemism for:

Too many Americans have become democrats

Which renders the article complete crap.



Dear moderators: No.
User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1280 times:

Nuts, he said democrats. not Democrats, there is a differance. In that context, we wasn't refering to members of the DNC, but people that believed in straight democracy, majority rule, damned the rest. And, sir, to dismiss an entire text because you disagree with one sentence, that sir, is crap.

- Mike



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User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1279 times:

I'm sorry, I misspoke
I meant ignorant crap.

- Mike



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