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Single Idea 21037

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 3. Constitutions]

Full Idea

The fact that a constitution is ratified by the people does not prove that its provisions are just.

Gist of Idea

A ratified constitution may not be a just constitution


Michael J. Sandel (Justice: What's the right thing to do? [2009], 06)

Book Reference

Sandel,Michael J.: 'Justice: what's the right thing to do?' [Penguin 2010], p.143

A Reaction

Yes indeed. And the fact that a majority won a referendum does not make their decision wise. Hence all constitutions must be open to evaluation. Gun laws in the US are the obvious example.