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"One of the benefits of a properly functioning democracy is minority rights and majority rule." - Noam Chomsky

"In the South, prior to the Civil Rights movement and the 1964 Civil Rights Act, democracy was the rule. The majority of people were white, and the white majority had little or no respect for any rights which the black minority had relative to property, or even to their own lives. The majority - the mob and occasionally the lynch mob - ruled." - Neal Boortz

"Its minority rule and majority limited rights. In fact it's set up that way. If you read the framers of the constitution, including James Madison, he was pretty clear about it." - Noam Chomsky

"The United States Senate wasn't designed to be a majority-rule institution. It was designed to include and accommodate the rights of the minority in small states as well as large states." - Olympia Snowe

"Democracy has turned out to be not majority rule but rule by well-organized and well-connected minority groups who steal from the majority." - Llewellyn Rockwell

"In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority." - James Madison

"It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can." - Jeanjacques Rousseau

"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority." - Ayn Rand

"Majorities can be wrong, majorities can overrule rights of minorities. If majorities ruled, we could still have slavery. 80% of the population once enslaved 20% of the population. While run by majority rule that is ok. That is very flawed notion of what democracy is. Democracy has to take into account several things - proportionate requirements of people, not just needs of the majority, but also needs of the minority. Majority, especially in societies where the media manipulates public opinion, can be totally wrong and evil. People have to act according to conscience and not by majority vote." - Howard Zinn

"Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no more inherent than the right of the minority to rule; and unless the majority represents sane, righteous, unselfish public sentiment, it has no inherent right." - William Allen White

"How a minority, reaching majority, seizing authority, hates a minority!" - Leonard H. Robbins

"When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right." - Eugene V Debs

"Of course, the aim of a constitutional democracy is to safeguard the rights of the minority and avoid the tyranny of the majority. (p. 102)" - Cornel West

"Historically, the judicial branch has often been the sole protector of the rights of minority groups against the will of the popular majority." - Diane Watson

"The rights to life, liberty and property were not meant to be subject to the vagaries of majority rule." - Ilana Mercer

"The minority yields to the majority!" - Deng Xiaoping

"a fatal defect in majority rule is that by its very nature it abolishes itself. Majority rule must inevitably become minority rule: the majority is too big to handle itself; it organizes itself into committees ... which in their turn resolve themselves into a committee of one ..." - Mary Parker Follett

"Constitutions are checks upon the hasty action of the majority. They are the self-imposed restraints of a whole people upon a majority of them to secure sober action and a respect for the rights of the minority." - William Howard Taft

"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)." - Ayn Rand

"The very purpose of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution is to protect minority rights against majority voters. Every court decision that strikes down discriminatory legislation, including past Supreme Court decisions, affirming the fundamental rights to marry the person you love, overrules a majority decision." - David Boies

"If our fathers, in 1776, had acknowledged the principle that a majority had the right to rule the minority, we should never have become a nation; for they were in a small minority, as compared with those who claimed the right to rule over them." - Lysander Spooner

"Democracy, in any rational form, also imposes conditions on majority rule. That's what the Bill of Rights is about, for example." - Noam Chomsky

"Majority rule will only work if you're considering individual rights. You can't have five wolves and one sheep vote on what they want to have for supper" - Larry Flynt

"Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper." - Larry Flynt

"The majority does not rule in America, but the minority shouldn't hijack it. And it's because we're afraid. They have isolated us and made us feel as though we're alone. We're not." - Glenn Beck

"The people, when they have been unchecked, have been as unjust, tyrannical, brutal, barbarous, and cruel, as any king or senate possessed of uncontrollable power. The majority has eternally, and without one exception, usurped over the rights of the minority." - John Adams

"Americans of our own time - minority and majority Americans alike - need the continued guidance that the Voting Rights Act provides. We have come a long way, but more needs to be done." - Elijah Cummings

"I love the ACLU and I'm concerned now, especially when it comes to our rights, with current politics and the religious community and the Conservative majority or minority - I don't know who they are." - Debbie Harry

"A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority." - Henry David Thoreau

"Reading is a majority skill but a minority art." - Julian Barnes

"The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right." - Henrik Ibsen

"The minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong." - George Bernard Shaw

"No minority should climb all over the majority." - Lech Walesa

"The purpose of the minority is to become the majority." - Pete Sessions

"In politics, an organized minority is a political majority." - Jesse Jackson

"In Congress the majority governs, but the minority rules." - Evan Esar

"We are against the majority tyrannizing the minority. But we are definitely against the minority tyrannizing the majority." - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

"Justice, not the majority, should rule." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"I call government that works the best for people open society, which is basically just another more general term for a democracy that is - you call it maybe a liberal democracy. It's not only majority rule but also respect for minorities and minority opinions and the rule of law. So it's really a sort of institutional democracy." - George Soros

"Well, my personal mission statement is that we want marriage equality in all 50 states. We want it not to be a state-by-state issue. We don't want it to be something the majority is voting on. I don't think the civil rights of any minority should be in the hands of any majority." - Jesse Tyler Ferguson

"After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest. But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far as men understand it." - Henry David Thoreau

"Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority." - William Jennings Bryan

"The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority, practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters, and which of them slaves; a contest, that-however bloody-can, in the nature of things, never be finally closed, so long as man refuses to be a slave." - Lysander Spooner

"What in fact takes place in an election is that two hand picked candidates are propped up before the citizenry, each candidate having been selected by a very small group of politically active people. A minority of the people... then elects one of these hand picked people to rule itself and the majority." - Robert J Ringer

"The Greeks... labored under the delusion that their democracy was a guarantee of peace and plenty, not realizing that unrestrained majority rule always destroys freedom, puts the minority at the mercy of the mob, and works at cross-purposes to the effective use of human energy and individual initiative." - Henry Grady Weaver

"What in fact takes place in an election is that two hand picked candidates are propped up before the citizenry, each candidate having been selected by a very small group of politically active people. A minority of the people... then elects one of these hand picked people to rule itself and the majority." - Robert Ringer

"Let's pretend six people live in your house. And you propose that only four people get to eat every day, and you put it to a vote. If four people vote that only four people get to eat, two people don't, that prevails. That's what a democracy is. It's strictly majority-minority rule." - Rush Limbaugh

"A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism. Unanimity is impossible. The rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left." - Abraham Lincoln

"The fact that the majority wants something good does not give them the right to use force on the minority that don't want to pay for it. If you have to use a gun, it's not really a very good idea. Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It's just ganging up on the weird kid, and I'm always the weird kid." - Penn Jillette

"England shouldn't have the real freedom of vote and we shouldn't either. Because as [James Madison] put it, one of the primary goals of government was to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority, to make sure the opulent maintain their rights. The constitutional system was structured to ensure that outcome." - Noam Chomsky

"By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community." - James Madison

"By a faction I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community." - James Madison

"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; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression." - Thomas Jefferson

"Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority." - Albert Camus

"The minority of one generation is usually the majority of the next." - Gertrude Atherton

"I would rather be in minority and be right, than in the majority and wrong." - Jodi Picoult

"We cannot let a minority of people hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people" - Hillary Clinton

"When you cannot achieve a majority, it's a good idea to get rid of minority stakes." - Mathias Dopfner

"Democrats may be in the minority in Congress, but we speak for the majority of Americans." - Edward Kennedy

"A minority may be right, and a majority is always wrong." - Henrik Ibsen

"The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority." - Will Durant

"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say. Nobody needs to justify why they 'need' a right. The burden of justification falls on the one seeking to infringe upon the right. You can't give away the rights of others because they're not useful to you. More simply, the majority cannot vote away the natural rights of the minority." - Edward Snowden

"Rules of Order state that ... No minority has a right to block a majority from conducting the legal business of the organisation .... but No majority has a right to prevent a minority from peacefully attempting to become the majority." - Robert M Pirsig

"Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule." - Jefferson Davis

"Do you see any majority, anywhere, in this imperfect and irreligious world, admitting that the minority is precious? That any minority is precious?" - Katharine Fullerton Gerould

"The minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion." - Soren Kierkegaard

"A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight." - Henry David Thoreau

"You have fewer rights because you are a minority. Absolutely, that's how democracy works." - Jacob Zuma

"You have fewer rights because you are a minority. Absolutely, that's how democracy works." - Jacob Zuma

"You have fewer rights because you are a minority. Absolutely, that's how democracy works." - Jacob Zuma

"A government is free in proportion to the rights it guarantees to the minority." - Alf Landon

"Human rights and rule of law are inseparably connected." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations; but, on a candid examination of history, we shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions, which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other cause, produced despotism." - James Madison

"People who are against hate are not a fringe minority, not even a silent majority, but are a silenced majority, silenced by the corporate media." - Amy Goodman

"Our Constitution does not profess to have been established simply by the majority, but by 'the people' - the minority as much as the majority." - Lysander Spooner

"A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority." - Eric Hoffer

"If a country doesn't recognize minority rights and human rights, including women's rights, you will not have the kind of stability and prosperity that is possible." - Hillary Clinton

"A majority, perhaps as many as 75 percent, of abortion clinics are in areas with high minority populations." - Alveda King

"There has never been a successful social movement for any minority without the support of the majority." - Hudson Taylor

"World history is made by minorities when this minority of number embodies the majority of will and determination." - Adolf Hitler

"It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority." - Lord Acton

"Democracy is reproached with saying that the majority is always right. But progress says that the minority is always right." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"The majority should not be punished and subjected to a licensing curfew because of the bad behavior of the minority." - Tessa Jowell

"The minority of a country is never known to agree, except in its efforts to reduce and oppress the majority." - James F Cooper

"As long as men are free to speak, a small, rational minority will always prevail over an irrational majority." - Ayn Rand

"I became aware of my destiny: to belong to the critical minority as opposed to the unquestioning majority." - Sigmund Freud

"If you're a so-called minority writer, the temptation is to write for the majority... I refuse to do that." - Nguyen Viet Thang

"Our world loses out when the leadership doesn't reflect the led - when a minority makes decisions for the majority." - Amy Richards

"A resolute minority has usually prevailed over an easygoing or wobbly majority whose prime purpose was to be left alone." - James Reston

"The primary function of government is to protect the minority of the opulent from the majority of the poor." - James Madison

"In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority." - Edmund Burke

"That's what the Senate is about. It's the last bastion of minority rights, where a minority can be heard, where a minority can stand on its feet, one individual if necessary, and speak until he falls into the dust" - Robert Byrd

"That's what the Senate is about. It's the last bastion of minority rights, where a minority can be heard, where a minority can stand on its feet, one individual if necessary, and speak until he falls into the dust." - Robert Byrd

"Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion - and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority." - Soren Kierkegaard

"America was founded on majority rule, not supermajority rule. Somehow, over the years, this has morphed into supermajority rule, and that changes things." - Kent Conrad

"However insignificant the minority, and however trifling the proposed trespass against their rights, no such trespass is permissible." - Herbert Spencer

"the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression." - Thomas Jefferson

"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." - Ayn Rand

"Of strong importance to me is the defense of minority rights, not just racial minorities, but ideological and religious minorities." - Rand Paul

"The justification of majority rule in politics is not to be found in its ethical superiority." - Walter Lippmann

"In a racially divided society, majority rule is not a reliable instrument of democracy." - Lani Guinier

"Majority doesn't rule. One person can change the history of the world." - Paul Mooney

"Neither current events nor history show that the majority rules, or ever did rule." - Jefferson Davis

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." - Harper Lee

"A living faith cannot be manufactured by the rule of majority" - Mahatma Gandhi

"Like being a woman, like being a racial religious tribal or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights." - Hillary Clinton

"A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is worthless." - Antonin Scalia

"A minority is only thought of as a minority when it constitutes some kind of threat to the majority, real or imaginary. And no threat is ever quite imaginary." - Christopher Isherwood

"[N]o one's ever been able to show me any difference between democracy and brute force. It's just a majority ganging up on a minority with the minority giving in to avoid getting massacred." - L Neil Smith

"The democratic ideal springs from the ideas of liberty, equality, majority rule through free elections, protection of the rights of minorities, and freedom to subscribe to multiple loyalties in matters of religion, economics, and politics rather than to a total loyalty to the state. The spirit of democracy is the idea of importance and worth in the individual, and faith in the kind of world where the individual can achieve as much of his potential as possible." - Saul Alinsky

"While Zinoviev is in the majority he is for iron discipline.... When he is in the minority... he is against it." - Anastas Mikoyan

"The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority." - Ralph Washington Sockman

"In every State, the government is nothing but a permanent conspiracy on the part of the minority against the majority, which it enslaves and fleeces." - Mikhail Bakunin

"Among creatures born into chaos, a majority will imagine an order, a minority will question the order, and the rest will be pronounced insane." - Robert Breault

"The oppression of a majority is detestable and odious; the oppression of a minority is only by one degree less detestable and odious." - William E Gladstone

"In the history of science it has often happened that the majority was wrong and refused to listen to a minority that later turned out to be right." - Freeman Dyson

"The struggle for freedom is not the struggle of the many against the few, but of minorities, sometimes of a minority of but one man gainst the majority." - Ludwig Von Mises

"I'm used to being in the minority. I'm a left-handed, gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority." - Barney Frank

"If the measures which have been pursued are approved by the majority, it is the duty of the minority to acquiesce and conform." - Thomas Jefferson

"the most sacred business of judges is not to ratify the will of the majority but to protect the minority from its tyranny." - Anna Quindlen

"Being different and thinking different makes a person unforgettable. History does not remember the forgettable. It honors the unique minority the majority cannot forget" - Suzy Kassem

"Writers from the majority can assume their audiences know what they're talking about - they don't have to explain things, whereas minority writers are expected to." - Nguyen Viet Thang

"The Republicans are looking at a country that is going to be a majority minority country in just over a generation. And they are an increasingly white party." - Mark Shields

"The problem of insufficient security was, until quite recently, a matter of a minority; now it is becoming very quickly a majority matter. That is a major change." - Zygmunt Bauman

"Among creatures born into chaos, a majority will imagine an order, a minority will question the order, and the rest will be pronounced insane." - Robert Brault

"As the oppressor minority subordinates and dominates the majority, it must divide it and keep it divided in order to remain in power." - Paulo Freire

"You know why I got involved in politics? The government is now a majority partner in my life. I am now a minority partner in my own life." - Anthony Scaramucci

"The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." - Samuel Adams

"Reading is a majority skill but a minority art. Yet nothing can replace the exact, complicated, subtle communion between absent author and entranced, present reader." - Julian Barnes

"I'm used to being in the minority. I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority." - Barney Frank

"For decades, Saddam and his Sunni minority had imposed their will on Iraq, carrying on a 14-century tradition of Sunnis controlling Mesopotamia despite a Shiite majority." - Richard Engel

"A ruler makes use of the majority and neglects the minority, and so he does not devote himself to virtue but to law." - Han Fei

"It has always been inevitable that, living as a small minority among a Christian majority, some Jews would convert to Christianity." - David Novak

"Historically, the minority party in Congress votes against raising the debt limit, forcing the majority party to whip its members into casting politically painful votes in favor." - Peter Welch

"The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority." - Ralph W Sockman

"What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority." - Walter Lippmann

"Sometimes great injustices may be inflicted on the minority when the majority is in the pursuit of a great and just cause." - Paul Robeson

"We are so concerned to flatter the majority that we lose sight of how very often it is necessary, in order to preserve freedom for the minority, let alone for the individual, to face that majority down." - William F Buckley Jr

"Progress begins with the minority. It is completed by persuading the majority, by showing the reason and the of the step forward, and that is accomplished by appealing to the intelligence of the majority." - George William Curtis

"The restriction of religion to private life therefore does not necessarily threaten the vital interests of the majority religion, if there is one, and it protects minority religions from tyranny of the majority." - Phillip E Johnson

"The English should give Ireland home rule - and reserve the motion picture rights." - Will Rogers

"If we destroy human rights and rule of law in response to terrorism, they have won." - Joichi Ito

"If an action must be taken that will benefit the majority at the cost of the minority, is it morally indefensible? If an action taken for the benefit of a majority occurs at the expense of a minority, is it moral action?" - Garth Nix

"One has to give minority groups a kind of reward, an emotional reward, that it is worthwhile assimilating to this particular majority group. And if this majority group looks down on itself ... If a minority group is not given some pride in assimilating to the culture of another group then the process is very difficult." - Norbert Elias

"In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power." - Cicero

"A lynch mob is [unlimited] Majority Rule stripped of its fancy trappings and its facade of respectability." - Robert Ringer



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