Posted: Apr 14, 2020 12:03 pm
by Thomas Eshuis
theropod_V_2.0 wrote:
Thomas Eshuis wrote:
theropod_V_2.0 wrote:Granted, the USA is not a democracy, but rather a constitutional republic, so perhaps the USA isn’t a good example.

Those are not mutually exclusive.

True, but the fact remains that the will of the majority cannot hinder the rights of the minority,

Which is true of every constitutional democracy,

theropod_V_2.0 wrote:
which limits the extent by which a democratic act, law or regulation may be enacted. This one fact is all the stops the tyranny of the majority, in theory. Our treatment of Japanese Americans during WW2 shot those lofty ideals right in the head.

Sure, but like I said, this applies to any constitutional democracy, not just republics.
In fact, the definition of republic doesn't preclude it from involving majority rule.

theropod_V_2.0 wrote:
Perhaps I didn’t form my post carefully enough, but the fact remains that the constitutional aspect of our government limits the will of the majority, and thus isn’t a true democracy.


Again, correct, but at the same time, there is no Western country that practices absolute democracy, so I fail to see how that's particularly relevant to current events. Every Western democracy has either a constitution or secondary laws that prevent mob rule.

Democracy, at least when it refers to the average Western nation, means a representative democracy, not absolute.