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Single Idea 21527

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

Full Idea

It is a mistake to suppose that the majority is necessarily right. On every new question the majority is always wrong at first.

Gist of Idea

On every new question the majority is always wrong at first

Source

Bertrand Russell (Political Ideals [1917], 3)

A Reaction

Sounds like bitter experience. This is a good argument for taking time over decisions, and (topical) for a second referendum some time after the first one (if you must have a referendum).

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Political Ideals' [Spokesman 2007], p.52