Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Will of the People

Kreese: What's the matter? The boy can't take care of his own problems?
Myagi: One to one problem, yes. FIVE to one problem, too much ask anyone.
--The Karate Kid

It is often said that results from democratic election processes constitute 'the will of the people.' No. More accurately, democratically derived election results can be said to reflect the will of some group--usually a majority faction--of people.

In societies governed by discretionary rule rather than the rule of law, election results confer a license to the majority faction to impose their collective will on the minority faction. Because of the stakes involved, factions become desperate to achieve majority status and maintain it.

Only systems grounded in the rule of law impairs the will of any group of people to be imposed on others via democratic election process.

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