Thursday, January 19, 2012

Quote of the Day

John Stuart Mill, in discussing the (democratic) need for a system of proportional representation:

“In a really equal democracy, every or any section would be represented, not disproportionately, but proportionately. A majority of the electors would always have a majority of the representatives; but a minority of the electors would always have a minority of the representatives. Man for man they would be as fully represented as the majority. Unless they are, there is not equal government, but a government of inequality and privilege: one part of the people rule over the rest …” -John Stuart Mill, Considerations on Representative Government 146 (1861).

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