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|Subject: The Ethics of Democracy||Date: 11/13/2012 12:45 PM|
|Author: MadCapitalist||Number: 654944 of 861221|
The Ethics of Democracy
"To prevent the unethical exploitation of the few by the many, the American Founders designed a government with strictly limited powers. Government was not designed to further the will of the majority, but to protect the rights of individuals. Democracy’s role was limited to choosing who held political power, and providing a non-violent method for replacing them.
Over the centuries since the nation’s founding, the fundamental principle underlying American government has evolved from “liberty” to “democracy.” At one time Americans thought the purpose of their government was to protect their rights. Now the common opinion is that government should carry out the will of the majority. If the many want to take from the few, the ethics of this view of government justifies it."
Very true. The new ethics tries to legitimize the violation of individual rights.
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