Sunday, February 25, 2018

Majority is oppressing me

 What has been termed majority rule is, in actuality, the tyranny of the majority and has its basis the “divine right of kings”, now known as the “divine right of the majority”.

The concept of “qualified privilege” is also applicable and this, by their introduction of this bill, has qualified my privileged right as a citizen and revoked that right to chose the government which I deserve. 

It is this which the framers of the American constitution sought to guard against what they had termed the excesses of demo­cracy.

Thomas Jefferson was to say, “All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possesses their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.”

De Tocqueville understood this well, that the tyranny of the majority and the exercise of the majority rule would ultimately be a tool by which the minority would be oppressed.

It is a nuance and the basis on which all democratic republics are formed, alongside the necessary checks and balances “to retard its development” as enshrined in the doctrine of the separation of powers, there is an acknowledgement that the rights of the minority need to be protected by the majority! 

It has long been recognised there exists within a democracy the right of the minority to organise themselves in such a way so as to achieve a majority.

The deletion of my minority from the second-round ballot effectively removes that right. It is entirely conceivable that in a second instance my minority may present a better option for either of the first two options. It is entirely conceivable because of the polarised and antagonistic nature of the two racially polarised political parties.

To remove me from the second-round ballot is to deprive the citizens of this country of that choice. The tyranny of this majority to which she claimed in the Parliament is the instrument of my oppression.

Satu Ramcharan