01 December, 2020

Overwhelming Down The Ages

A historical walkthrough of how majoritarianism has made appearances in idea and practice....

Overwhelming Down The Ages
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Majoritarianism is an ironic fallout of democracy in which the numerically dominant impose themselves on smaller groups, demanding a falling in line. A historical walkthrough of how it has made appearances in idea and practice....

18th Century

  • From the time of classical Greek philosophers and through the 18th century, including the beliefs of the founders of the US such as James Madison, majoritarianism has had a pejorative connotation.
  • It was routinely presumed that the majority of the population was poor and ignorant. It was also presumed that the majority, if given the power and opportunity to do so, would tyrannise over any and all minorities.
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