The US Constitution and the Tyranny of the Majority

by 1389 on March 27, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), education, history, tyranny, U.S. Constitution

'What's democracy?' 'Democracy is the freedom to elect our own dictators.'

According to the Constitution, the US is not a democracy, but a republic – more properly, a federal system that is a republic of republics. When drafting the Constitution, our founders deliberately avoided setting up a “democracy” – a word that means “mob rule.”

In a democracy, anything can be enacted into law once you get a majority vote on it. That has been variously described as “nine cannibals voting to eat the tenth” or “two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for lunch.” Sooner or later, the voters will elect a tyrant who becomes all but impossible to remove: “One man, one vote, one time.”

Constitution 101: “The Problem of Majority Tyranny”

(h/t: The Minority Report)

Uploaded by hillsdalecollege on Mar 6, 2012
Constitution 101 Week 3 lecture with Dr. David J. Bobb

About the Lecturer:

David J. Bobb is director of the Hillsdale College Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, in Washington, D.C., and lecturer in politics. Dr. Bobb teaches courses in American politics and political theory to students participating in the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program. Through teaching the enduring principles of the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution, the Kirby Center seeks to inspire citizens to live worthy of the blessings of liberty.

From 2001 to 2010 Dr. Bobb served as director of the Hillsdale College Charles R. and Kathleen K. Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence, a civic education program for high school teachers. Formerly a research associate at the Boston-based Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, he has published reviews and articles in Perspectives on Political Science, the Claremont Review of Books, the American Spectator, and the Washington Times. He blogs regularly for, and his book on humility as a political virtue is under review for publication. He received his B.A. from Hillsdale College, summa cum laude, and his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College.

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