Which of the following is not a democratic concept: majority rule, minority rights, rights of indv, unlimited power of the state?majority rule, minority rights, rights of indviduals, unlimited...

Which of the following is not a democratic concept: majority rule, minority rights, rights of indv, unlimited power of the state?

majority rule, minority rights, rights of indviduals, unlimited power of the state?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The previous post is accurate in the idea of unlimited power of the state.  The notion of democratic rule is that the power of the state arises from the sovereignty of the people and their political autonomy ends up giving power to the state.  At the same time, the rights of which is spoken in the previous three options are all a critical part of this process.  These forms of rights or entitlements can help to serve as a check against the encroachment of the state.  In the final analysis, the notion of state or central power is checked to a great extent by the presence of rights that can allow individual to both do great things and to be left alone by a central or external authority.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Of these choices, the correct answer is clearly the last one -- unlimited power of the state.

In a democracy, the majority is supposed to rule -- usually through elections.  However, the right of the majority to rule is not allowed to override the rights of individuals or of minority groups.  That is why, for example, a white majority cannot vote to impose segregation on a black minority.  It is also why the government may not prevent a person from speaking his or her mind, even if that person is strongly opposed to the government's policies.

This idea of protecting rights shows that unlimited state power does not go with democracy.  A state with unlimited power could, for example, ban a particular religion.  This would be incompatible with democratic values.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The first thing that our founding fathers did was to establish a government that did not allow complete control over the people.  Had they agreed to allow a state to have full power over the people, they would have taken steps backwards instead of forward.

No state has the full rights over people.  If it did it would be a direct violation of the Constitution and against the concept of a democracy.  America operates under a democratic government.  By this we mean that the system was set up to allow for the right to vote for or against the laws and operations of our government.

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