This was famously the subject of James Madison’s Federalist No. 10 (1787), which is likely the foremost text concerning the protection of a minority against a majority faction in a democracy. The majority faction, warns Madison, can “sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens.” Thus, efforts must directed “[t]o secure the public good and private rights against the danger of such a faction.”
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The so-called “Log Cabin Myth” is a narrative propagated by the powerful and accepted by the rest of us. The reality of the persistent phenomenon of the wealthy and privileged ascending to the White House contradicts the most powerful and necessary American rags-to-riches narrative of social mobility.
Pope Francis: “Paying tribute to the steadfast commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in promoting the human dignity of all the nation’s citizens and in forging a new South Africa built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth, I pray that the late president’s example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations”
PM Benjamin Netanyahu: “Nelson Mandela was among the greatest figures of our time.”
President Hassan Rouhani: “With a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Nelson Mandela. Surely, his legacy will remain a source of inspiration and courage for all people.”