Majority Rule and Minority Rights Essay

1346 Words 6 Pages
Majority rule can often lead to tyranny because of the pursuit of the majorities’ interests; however, with the Supreme Court and its interpretation of the Constitution, minority groups are often able to rule over the unjust majority. Majority rule is essential in a democracy and having limits does not contradict the majority’s power. The principles of majority rule can be upheld while the rights of minorities are protected as long as justice is maintained through the checks on majority factions and justified court rulings. Though the government wants majority rule to be upheld, majority factions are often proved dangerous due to the fact that they may strip the rights of minorities. In Federalist No. 10, Madison states, “When a majority …show more content…
Majority rule is the basis in a democracy; however, it clearly may prove disastrous in taking away rights of minorities. As hazardous as majority factions may be, there are ways to make sure factions are checked in order to protect the rights of minorities. To signify the importance of checks on the system of majority rule to protect the rights of minorities, Mill claims, “… the majority, or those who succeed in making themselves accepted as the majority…may desire to oppress a part of their number; and precautions are as much needed against this as against any other abuse of power” (96). In Federalist No. 10, James Madison asserts that the only way factions can be controlled is by controlling its effects, and the only two ways to achieve such a task was by preventing “the existence of the same passion or interest in a majority at the same time” (73). However, because such methods were impossible to be accomplished, Madison declares that it becomes up to the republic to keep factions in check. In addition to the check on factions by the republic, Hamilton also mentions protecting the right of minorities against majority rule through the protection of independent

Related Documents