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.
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.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
Though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable.
the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.
Personal liberty without economic liberty is an absolute contradiction; the one cannot exist without the other.
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
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).
What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil.
The law is an adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
If the pendulum swings, it may swing to a combination of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats and, thus, to a period of minority government or coalition, in some form.
Even before winning its majority, Harper's Republican-styl e Conservative party - well to the right Canada's traditional Progressive Conservative Party - managed to win minority governments with less than 40 per cent of the popular vote.
The last thing the Province needs is a minority government
The fact throughout history is that whenever government dominates the economic affairs of its citizenry, a free society is eroded, then destroyed, and a minority government ensues. Personal liberty without economic liberty is an absolute contradiction; the one cannot exist without the other.
One of the really positive things about minority government is that there is the necessity to broker policy positions. What happens is you get a hybrid of what a single party might do. And I don't think that is a bad thing.
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