I was reading a textbook that said this:
A form of government in which laws expressed the wishes of the electoral majority would ensure that any irrational or oppressive schemes favoured by minority factions would not be given legal effect. But, Madison, suggested this "majoritarian" system of law-making offered no protection to society when oppressive or irrational ideas were favoured by a majority of the population. That an idea enjoyed majority support did not necessarily make it conducive to the "public good": majorities might be misinformed about important issues relevant to the political choices that they make, or be temporarily persuaded to abandon their better judgement by the seductive rhetoric of charismatic leaders, or simply be prepared to sacrifice their country's long term welfare to gain a short term, sectional advantage.
Please perhaps I wonder if anyone here can help give (British or American or French) examples for items I have bolded? Thanks. Sorry for my english.
I did not quite understand public good and misinformed can mean many things, right?
Also, what is precursor to representative government?
Thanks very much in advance
Constitutional politics James Madison
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