"To avoid domestic tyranny, the people must be armed to stand upon [their] own Defence; which if [they] are enabled to do, [they] shall never be put upon it, but [their] Swords may grow rusty in [their] hands; for that Nation is surest to live in Peace, that is most capable of making War; and a Man that hath a Sword by his side, shall have least occasion to make use of it."
~ John Trenchard & Walter Moyle, "An Argument Shewing, That a Standing Army is Inconsistent With a Free Government, and Absolutely Destructive to the Constitution of the English Monarchy" [London, 1697] ("An Argument")
"A government resting on the minority is an aristocracy, not a Republic, and could not be safe with a numerical and physical force against it, without a standing army, an enslaved press and a disarmed populace."
~James Madison, The Federalist Papers (No. 46).
Do we live in a tyranny of the majority? Yes and no. We also live in a tyranny of the minority. In The Federalist 10, James Madison assures us that a republican form of government is the surest protection against this tyranny of the majority. This is the type of society we actually live in, not just a democracy, but a republic as well.
http://word.cs.earlham.edu/issues/XVI/1 ... in102.html
The Indian government wearing a pseudo-secular hat has suppressed critical analysis or analytical criticism of all religions except Hinduism, thus instituting a new political concept of tyranny of the minority, which even Madison and Tocqueville did not conceive of. What sin will a power hungry parasite of a politician not commit, to get elected? To paraphrase a famous quote, "Nobody ever went broke by underestimating the honesty and integrity of a politician or the intelligence of the electorate."
~ Gaurang Bhatt, MD
Unfortunately, as the past few elections have shown, the true flaw of representative democracies is not that it allows a tyranny of the majority as DeToqueville warned but that it actually allows a tyranny of the minority. In the last presidential election, the majority of Americans did not vote. De Toqueville warned that democracy could result in a tyranny of the majority. Instead, it seems the minority of voters(4) has tyrannized America.
~found at http://www.geocities.com/WallStreet/Exc ... ocrazy.htm
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship."
- Sir Alexander Fraser Tytler
(18th century Scottish historian)