Chapter XV Notes
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Chapter XV UNLIMITED POWER OF THE MAJORITY IN THE UNITED STATES, AND ITS CONSEQUENCES ● According to this document, legislatures are the easiest body of government to influence and “sway” by the majority ● At this time in history, the executive and judiciary branches did not have the same level of authority as the legislative ● Checks and balances was not functioning 100 % ● The danger was the idea that the interest of the many outweighed the interest of the few The dangers of a majority 1. Laws that quickly change cause instability 2. There is no long term stance in projects or laws because legislatures are constantly replaced 3. A majority is only the opinion of each individual 4. A majority is not always right and needs to be checked as well 5. The biggest danger = “ nadequate securities which one finds there against tyranny” ● The biggest fear discussed in this chapter is that the legislative branch will become too powerful ● “If minorities do not have more freedom, rule by majority could lead to new revolutions” ● The opinions of the minority group must be addressed because the majority can be corrupted
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