were equal individuals before the law and, according to the dominant religious tradition, before God. The more thorough this leveling, Alexis de Tocqueville argued in Democracy in America, “the less [men] are inclined to believe blindly in any man or any class…all having the same means of knowledge, truth will be found on the side of the majority” (Tocqueville, 435). At the same time that the power of self-styled authorities fades in both public and religious life and people are more apt to simply tow
“Tyranny of Majority” is a phenomenon in a democratic society where decisions are made by the majority group and the decision oppresses the minority group, comparable to that of tyrants. The term was first used by John Adams in 1781. It was later popularized by Alexis de Tocqueville in his book: Democracy in America; and further spread by John Stuart Mill. In their works, both Mill and Tocqueville are concerned about the existence of the tyranny of majority in democracy and saw the necessity of a
Pornography and feminism have had quite an odd relationship. Feminist writers such as Gloria Steinem have denounced the sex industry while it has continued to expand exponentially. Due to technological advances such as the internet and cell phones, pornography is easier to access then ever before. Some publications even estimate that gross annual sales for pornographic videos would exceed four billion dollars (Rich 2011: 1). With this much money being invested into an industry that operates in a
Constitution suspected that through democracy, a government ruled by the majority, the majority could easily become tyrannical in its usage of unrestricted power. That is, in denying or denoting the rights of certain minority groups. These fathers included Thomas Jefferson who stated in his 1801 Inaugural Address for President of the United States, “All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable;
who create the Government and the Majority, the people, that they have the right to act and make decisions. The idea of majority rule and the consent of the governed started by Locke influenced the later Democratic Theorists and became the foundation for all later theories of Democracy. He believed that they are totally connected and that for a government to be legitimate it must enjoy the consent of the governed and the consent must be obtained through the majority rule.