Originally posted on danmillerinpanama:
Democracies sometimes reject freedom.
Egypt has a new new democratically elected dictator and Venezuela still has her old one. Since they were elected by majorities of the voters they must be good democratic rulers who give the majority what they want. Suppose the majority want to have blasphemers’ heads removed? Suppose the majority want to have money taken from the rich because they have been told that will help the poor? Giving the majority what they want is democratic and an effective way to get elected again. Individual freedom? Freedom is unnecessary in some democracies and may even be inconsistent with democracy as practiced elsewhere.
What about a constitution? Iran already has one approved by a majority and Venezuela has had several under her esteemed el Presidente Chávez. Egypt under President Morsi will soon have a new one approved by popular referendum
The victory in the referendum on the…
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