posted on May, 4 2016 @ 01:59 PM
a reply to: LesMisanthrope
As always, wonderful analysis and critique as well as terrific questions.
Allow me to answer your questions in reverse order,
How is a majority vote for Trump a tyranny of the masses?
Trump constantly promotes that as president he will enforce the will of the people and not listen to "fat-cat" politicians. You have a fine point in
that the majority might be right in its opinions on his policies, but if he is elected not because he represents the most qualified person for the
job, but instead as an agent for the will of the people then, while I am not saying this would be good or bad at this point, I am quite confident that
this election will have radically different, though not totally surprising results. The main result being the end of representational government and
the full acceptance that money talks.
How is the majority wrong in its opinion?
This is slightly more complex. I fear it is only 'wrong' if you disagree with it, so in that case, it lacks fairness. As in the will of the majority
has become so extremist that it borders that of fascism. There are many historical examples of tyranny rising not as a result of some violent war,
but instead because the will of the people demanded strict authoritarian control to restore a perceived loss of order.
How is Trump the greatest threat to the republic?
Plato showed how demagogic leaders like Trump could rise out of the populist movements to enforce laws that restricted the freedoms of minorities and
protected the privilege of the majority. In America during the 1820-1850's southern planters were able to ride the political power of being the
majority in politics, when this majority became threatened the south attempted to end the union and return to a confederacy of states. When Lincoln
was elected he represented a change in the majority, but he effectively held the union together by winning the war. The same is true with Trump, who
represents the a new Majority, but one that is effectively based on outdated ideas of colonial religious values.
I am sure you will have much to critique from this. I am most looking forward to our exchange, your intelligent responses are always welcome,
regardless if they are in agreement with mine or not.