quinta-feira, junho 12, 2003
Liberalism versus Majority Rule
Liberalism is a doctrine about what the law ought to be, democracy a doctrine about the manner of determining what will be the law. Liberalism regards it as desirable that only what the majority accepts should in fact be law, but it does not believe that this is in fact good law. Its aim, indeed, is to persuade the majority to observe certain principles. It accepts majority rule as a method of deciding but not as an authority for what the decision ought to be. For de doctrinaire democrat the fact that the majority wants something is sufficient ground for regarding it as good; for him the majority determines not only what is law but what is good law.