On several continents, first-rate constitutional systems have been ambushed by a series of devious populists, majoritarians and opportunists.
The larger point is that not only is Modi's authoritarian personality, contempt for other points of view and unwillingness to face questions without a script profoundly anti-democratic, the very philosophy of his Hindu nationalist party -- in what is one of the world's most multicultural societies -- reeks of majoritarian arrogance and rancor.
I believe majoritarians, originalists, and perfectionists are right to identify respect for democracy, preservation of the rule of law, and the pursuit of a more perfect union as central to the American constitutional project and, therefore, they are all right to identify restraint, fidelity, and justice as essential judicial virtues.
It is precisely because majoritarians, originalists, and perfectionists capture part of the truth that I contend prudence, or phronesis, ought to be considered the most important virtue when judges are deciding hard cases.
: those who place a greater
Sunstein identifies Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes as a majoritarian
but says there are no consistent majoritarians
on today's Supreme Court.
Here Hankins allows Richard Land, whom he labels an "informed activist," and Al Mohler, whom he labels an "intellectual," to distinguish themselves from Christian Reconstructionists as well as the Christian Right and other "neo-establishment majoritarians
And in the middle of the spectrum are two groups that include both liberals and conservatives--the "majoritarians
" and the "minimalists."
The more conservative citizens turn into book-burning Moral Majoritarians
while the progressive "coloreds" announce that they are merely acknowledging the ordinary impulses of human nature: "You can't stop something that's inside you." Thus does the entertainment machine defend itself against itself, dispelling old illusions with new ones.
It is deeply ironic that liberal feminists and sexual libertines have denounced radical feminists as lying in the same bed as fundamentalist Christians and the Moral Majoritarians
because of a similar focus against pornography--albeit for completely different reasons and relying on very different tactics.
What's really going on, though, Harrington says, is a series of great clashes over money and power between three groups: localists (farmers and small businessmen), majoritarians
(industrial workers), and functionalists (corporate managers).
The second is that there are too many veto points in our system by which political minorities can block majoritarian