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Single Idea 21002

[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / a. Nature of democracy]

Full Idea

The formation of tolerant values is quite central to the smooth functioning of a democratic system.

Gist of Idea

Effective democracy needs tolerant values

Source

Amartya Sen (The Idea of Justice [2009], 16 'Minority')

A Reaction

There is presumably a brutal sort of democracy, if the majority in a polarised society agree to crush a minority.

Book Reference

Sen, Amartya: 'The Idea of Justice' [Penguin 2010], p.352