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25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / b. Consultation

[government's consultation, by plebiscite or election]

21 ideas
The first priority in elections is to vote for people who support democracy [Anon (Diss)]
The fundamental laws of a democracy decide who can vote [Montesquieu]
It is basic to a democracy that the people themselves must name their ministers [Montesquieu]
Voting should be public, so the lower classes can be influenced by the example of notable people [Montesquieu]
All citizens (apart from the very humble poor) should choose their representatives [Montesquieu]
Plebiscites are bad, because they exclude the leaders from crucial decisions [Rousseau]
Silence of the people implies their consent [Rousseau]
Democratic elections are dangerous intervals in government [Rousseau]
The state should reflect all interests, and not just popular will, or a popular party [Hegel, by Houlgate]
How people vote should be on public record, so they can be held accountable [Mill, by Wolff,J]
Voting is a strict duty, like jury service, and must only be aimed at the public good [Mill]
An election, and its lead up time, are always a national crisis [Tocqueville]
If we want the good life for the greatest number, we must let them decide on the good life [Nietzsche]
We should decide whether voting is for self-interests, or for the common good [Wolff,J]
Condorcet proved that sensible voting leads to an emphatically right answer [Wolff,J]
Democracy needs more than some institutions; diverse sections of the people must be heard [Sen]
Democracy as 'government by discussion' now has wide support [Sen]
A referendum result arises largely from ignorance [Reybrouck]
If several losing groups would win if they combine, a runoff seems called for [Tuckness/Wolf]
Rights as interests (unlike rights as autonomy) supports mandatory voting [Tuckness/Wolf]
How should democratic votes be aggregated? Can some person's votes count for more? [Tuckness/Wolf]