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Preventing Majority Tyranny

Main thesis for preventing Majority Tyranny:

Individual rights should trump majority preferences

Result: Constant balancing act of government to protect rights

Three ways to ensure this balance?*

1. Establish rules

Make it difficult to form a permanent electoral majority

2. Divide governing authority

Three branches of government (horizontal division of power)

State and Federal (vertical division of power)

3. Place formal limits on government

Formally identify what the government is prohibited from doing

Lets examine in detail*

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