Monday, November 10, 2008

A Political Sentiment

I partially agree with Marx and Engels when they say: "Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing another." Actually I very strongly agree with that statement. Partially. I don't mean to distance myself from my feelings for the sake of clear thinking but from stupidities for the sake of feeling good.

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posted by Fido the Yak at 1:48 PM.


Blogger pensum said...

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” (Thomas Jefferson)

November 11, 2008 5:49 AM  
Blogger Fido the Yak said...

I'm not sure that Thomas Jefferson actually said that (source). He apparently had a lot to say about majority rule, and he did say in his first inaugural address that it was a 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."

November 11, 2008 9:09 AM  
Blogger Andrew Louis said...

John Stuart Mill,
"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind"

November 11, 2008 4:19 PM  

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