majority rule


Definition of majority rule 

: a political principle providing that a majority usually constituted by fifty percent plus one of an organized group will have the power to make decisions binding upon the whole

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This coalition valorized party discipline in Congress and majority rule within the party, since liberals were becoming increasingly numerically predominant within its ranks. Sam Rosenfeld, Vox, "The Democratic Party is moving steadily leftward. So why does the left still distrust it?," 22 June 2018 But the current system of democracy — with-one-person-one-vote and majority rule — is the source of the problem. Eric Posner And Glen Weyl, Vox, "The Supreme Court is an anti-democratic nightmare. Here’s how to fix it.," 29 June 2018 The 5-4 majority ruled that the First Amendment protects corporate speech in elections and struck down restrictions on how much money companies can spend in support of political candidates. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "Justice Kennedy’s Biggest Moments," 28 June 2018 That could make both parties competitive in rural and urban areas again, helping to restore majority rule. The Economist, "American democracy’s built-in bias towards rural Republicans," 12 July 2018 Democratic majority rule often conflicts with individualism; liberty, with equality; religious freedom, with personal liberation; and internationalist openness, with civic nationalism. Cathy Young,, "Is liberal democracy failing? No, it’s a victim of its own success," 8 July 2018 The House can crank out bills where the majority rules. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump amplifying calls to ditch the legislative filibuster as midterms near," 4 July 2018 In the 5-to-4 decision on Wednesday, the court’s majority ruled that requiring nonmembers to make union payments violated their First Amendment rights, since much of what unions do could be considered political activity at odds with their beliefs. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Supreme Court Labor Decision Wasn’t Just a Loss for Unions," 1 July 2018 Most of the discussion about this strategy has focused on arcane procedures, missing the essential point: Self-government requires majority rule. Paul Donnelly, WSJ, "Let the Bipartisan Majority Rule," 15 May 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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: a political system in which the group that has the most members has the power to make decisions

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