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Majority Does Not Make Right

In The Bad on May 6, 2008 at 12:43 am

Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram says:

“If rightly or wrongly people perceive that commodities future trading is contributing to a speculation driven rise in prices, then in a democracy you will have to heed that voice.” (italics mine)

The proper function of a government is to defend the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  A majority of individuals cannot gang together and demand to lynch an unpopular individual.  Nor can a majority demand that an unpopular economic activity be stopped so long as does not violate the rights of man.

The reason countries have constitutions and laws is so that majority opinion does not overcome justice.  A majority is not given the right to be heard or to demand it’s way by sheer strength of being a majority. 

There is adequate history to prove that individuals and societies that learn this lesson prosper in the long run and those that do not fail.

By his statement, Mr. Chidambaram just does not understand this simple principle.