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Majority rule and utilitarianism have their limits

The_Silent_Consensus
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I cannot tell you how many times I have heard someone say that a law is legitimate because we live in a democracy and it has been voted in. Well I'm sorry, we don't live in a pure democracy where tyranny of the majority rules. We live in a constitutional democracy, where majority is accommodated, while the individuals' rights are protected. In other words, government's job is not just to accommodate the majority, but protect the minority. Our inalienable rights, as I said, cannot be transfer...

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In the United States, plea bargaining in exchange for testimony is unjust.

albachteng
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Because Justice demands equality, I affirm. In the United States, where we are often quoted as saying "all men are equal before the law," plea-bargaining in exchange for testimony is clearly detrimental to the system of justice as well as justice itself. When speaking of plea-bargaining, the equality is an issue of significance, since we are mentioning a specific procedure common in the United States court system. If defendants are not treated equitably under the system of plea-bargaining in exc...

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Determinism: Free will is an illusion

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Darth_Grievous_42

Free will is an illusion. Every action is caused by previous events, hence, no action can be freely chosen. Immanuel Kant writes : "If one takes attributes of existence of things in time for attributes of things in themselves, which is the usual way of thinking, the necessity in the causal relation can in no way be united with freedom. They are contradictory to each other, for the former implies that every event, and consequently every action which occurs at a certain point of time, is nec...

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