Should Majorities Decide Everything?

Release Date
September 12, 2012

Topic

Democracy and Voting Government Justice Rights
Description

In this video, Professor Munger reminds us of the difference between democracy and majority rule. Democratic constitutions establish not only the process by which decisions will be made, but also the limits on kind of things can be voted on. This prevents the majority from deciding everything. He warns, however, that these limits on what can be decided democratically have been slowly eroded in American courts of law.
Using the example of the 2005 Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. New London, Professor Munger explores how a lack of protection for individual rights can lead to the tyranny of the majority.