The Problem of Rule by Minority Party

My latest column has been posted at Militant libertarian.org. It a philosophical piece on how we can mitigate some problems associated with voting, and why the problem of “majority” rule is theoretical rather than actual. In reality, we have a tyranny of the minority, because politically active minorities (compared to the rest of the electorate) are the ones who really win elections. “Minority” meaning numerically less than half of the population.

The Problem of Rule by Minority Party
June 13th, 2010 by makleen

by Michael Kleen

After each presidential election, partisans and pundits alike are quick to declare an electoral mandate for the winning candidate. In 2004, incumbent President George W. Bush himself told reporters, “I earned capital in this campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it… When you win, there is… a feeling that the people have spoken and embraced your point of view.” Echoing those sentiments, Vaughn Ververs at CBS News called Barack Obama’s 2008 victory “a sweeping mandate for Obama’s campaign mantra of change.”

Read the entire column…

About Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen is an author, raconteur, and freelance columnist. He has a M.A. in History and M.S. in Education. He lives in Rockford, Illinois, where he was the 2013 Republican candidate for mayor.

Posted on June 14, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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