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majoritarianism - lets consider it first.

Posted by: Gee ( si ) on December 22, 1999 at 18:32:33:

Some questions for Santa to answer.

Can any one show me why majoritarianism is a good thing in principle, or do its supporters merely hope it to be 'good' or 'better than x' in practice.

Whats the basis for that assertion? - it does, after all, sound good.
Are we subject to defacto majoritarianism in daily life anyway (read 'On Liberty' by Mill)?
Whats the full and precise definition of majoritarianism? The best I found was in Merriam Websters, 1997 : " the philosophy or practice according to which decisions of an organized group should be made by a numerical majority of its members "
From where does the right to rule others derive - under any system with rules? Or is it all just down to who can exert the most force - in which case all systems follow the same principle, but do so simply along a different part of a continuum, one in which the trigger fingers change but rule by the muzzle of a gun remains constant.

If a majority of people in parts of Europe once believed that burning women as witches was the right thing to do - then if the principle of majoritarianism is right, the burnings were by definition also right.

How does this differ from 'consensual democracy' in practice and in outcome?

Phew, I'll go rest now.

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