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Old 2004-01-13, 05:02   #4
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"Richard B. Woods"
Aug 2002
Wisconsin USA

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First, many subjects about which there are differing opinions don't have a clear "right" or "wrong", at least in some people's views.

Second, who shall define what is a "right" or "wrong" opinion about a subject? What if opinions differ as to who shall define the "right" and "wrong" opinions -- shall we have a vote to decide who defines the "right" and "wrong"?

The best general answer in a democracy is majority vote. Those in the minority who think they are "right" have the obligation to persuade others to change their opinions in order to become a new majority, so they have to present their best arguments. If their best arguments fail to persuade enough others to join them, then they have to compromise, or just live with it, or bide their time until conditions change, or otherwise find a peaceful way to proceed with life.

In many cases, the majority of the public delegates its decision authority to a smaller group of people who apply more concentrated attention to certain subjects and make the decisions, subject to subsequent amendment or reversal by the majority if enough people disagree with the delegation's decision.

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