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5/24/2013 7:11:48 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
There is no power on Earth mightier than that of the majority, and all suffering and rebellion in history has risen from the injustices of the sentiments thereof. So when you claim that now the people are winning, I must ask of what they ever lost. Did the monarch not stay in power because his army obeyed, and the peasants protested not the system but their individual circumstances? Only when the system itself was targeted by a reformist populous, did any political movement take place. Did the Pope not derive his power from the millions of Christian adherents who gave it to him?
Democracy is not revolutionary. Democracy is the revelation of the power that always was. So we must rid ourselves of the idea that our "fellow citizens" are our liberators - they are not. The majority determines the law, customs, morality, justice and all that which is normal. What about the minority? The majority sets the canons of compassion and justification. What about the minority? What about the deviants? People are born into this world with opinions and personalities that stray far from the canonical spectrum, but they are the subjects of unmitigated dismissal and persecution. And then each member of the majority derives his peace of mind from the like-mindedness and agreement of the people around him.
What is the worth of compassion and understanding if we can only apply them to those like us?
"A stupid despot may constrain his slaves with iron chains; but a true politician binds them even more strongly with the chain of their own ideas" - Michel Foucault