Quote of Note #55 — Guarding Freedom and Dignity of All Americans


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A statue of George Washington on the top of the dome of the Washington County (PA) Courthouse; photo by GAC

“Our Founders built democratic government as an alternative to monarchy, but they also intentionally built an anti-majoritarian government because the worst form of democracy — mob rule — is always a danger against which we must be on guard.  If we fail to preserve our anti-majoritarian guardrails against the mob, we will end up subjected to the capricious will of a populist, self-certain, unreflective majority that says might makes right.  That work requires keeping the majority humble — not allowing them to impose compulsory, one-size-fits-all solutions to the big riddles of life.  It also requires renewing our commitment, in every sphere of life, to the dignity of every person.  In those ways, we strive *’not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part.’*
*–a quotation from The Federalist Papers #10.

Ben Sasse, Them: Why We Hate Each Other — and How to Heal.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2018, page 142,

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