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Tyranny of the minority

Daniel Boyarin, professor of Near Eastern Studies and rhetoric | January 20, 2010

Without wanting to seem too cynical, I think that this election, in itself alarming to me, will not make much difference at all vis-a-vis health care reform, which was nearly dead anyway. I am of the opinion that it is better to have no bill at all than one that only gives prizes to the insurance capitalists and to the Catholic right. The real disaster of the American system of governance is the filibuster which has turned majority rule into supermajority rule, thus hampering the will of the majority to make changes in the face of virtually any determined opposition no matter how small in numbers.

Comments to “Tyranny of the minority

  1. What legitimacy does a simple majority have? I don’t think it’s a problem that there are X number of politicians that can restrict Y number from passing an unconstitutional bill.

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