Monday, October 25, 2010

Definition: Democracy

When one looks for a definition of [democracy], one finds that it is not a form of government but rather the rule by "social attitudes."  But what is a "social attitude"? ...[It] turns out to be in practice good old majoritarianism; what 51 percent of the people deem right is right, and the minority is perforce wrong.... There is no place in this concept for the doctrine of inherent rights; the only right left to the minority, particularly the minority of one, is conformity with the dominate "social attitude."
Frank Chodorov (1959, The Rise & Fall of Society)

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