tyranny of the majority
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“When you set aside mere names & come down to realities, you find that we are ruled by a King just as other absolute monarchies are. His name is The Majority. He is mighty in bulk & strength . . . He rules by the right of possessing less money & less brains & more ignorance than the other competitor for the throne, The Minority. Ours is an Absolute Monarchy.”
Mark Twain, in an unsent letter to Bayard Taylor, June 10, 1878.
(Published in Mark Twain at Large by Arthur L. Scott)