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Is the Majority Always Right?

Majority rules, right?  But is “majority rules” always right?

In a council, a majority can change policy, make policy, and determine how a city, district, or school is governed.  That’s a lot of power for a council of say, seven, where a “majority” may actually be a three-to-three tie, and one wavering vote changes policy.

Raised under the idea of democracy and “majority rules,” we are conditioned to believe that the majority vote is fair.  And generally, that’s true.  True, if all conditions are favorable to a cohesive, thoughtful vote.  But conditions in a board meeting or council meeting can get intense, volatile, passionate, and hurried–all factors that can flaw the process. Read more >

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