Monday, October 21, 2013

Popularity Contest

Dressing up in costumes
Playing silly games
Hiding out in tree tops
Shouting out rude names
--Peter Gabriel

Suppose that opinion polls suggest that the majority of voters favor having a minority hand a portion of their production over to the majority. Sensing political opportunity, many elected officials get busy proposing legislation that reflects 'the will of the people.'

Some elected officials disagree, however. They claim that the rights of the some individuals would be violated if they were forced to work for others. Such legislation robs some people of their property. If they are forced to hand over production to others, these people become slaves. This group does what it can to stop the legislative movement in its tracks.

The media takes opinion polls to gauge the popularity of the two groups of politicians: those who support and those who oppose the legislative movement?

What are the likely results of these polls?

1 comment:

dgeorge12358 said...

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.
~Ayn Rand