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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

மக்கள் தீர்ப்பு

"At the fast venue, DMK and alliance leaders were critical of the Supreme Court observations with one of them observing the court had ‘crossed its jurisdiction’.

"Bandh was a democratic form of protest and there was no constitutional breakdown, CPI leader D Raja said, adding that the majority of the government can be only tested on the floor of the legislature.

"Senior DMK leader and Union Minister TR Baalu wondered whether the courts were giving the right decisions. “Why would there be appeals or higher benches if every judge was right?”

A bunch of idiots

Whereas

"For centuries efforts had been directed towards limiting the powers of government; and the gradual development of constitutions served no other purpose than this. Suddenly it was believed that the control of government by elected representatives of the majority made any other checks on the powers of government unnecessary, so that all the various constitutional safeguards which had been developed in the course of time could be dispensed with.

"Thus arose unlimited democracy — and it is unlimited democracy, not just democracy, which is the problem of today.



"The greatest and most important limitation upon the powers of democracy, which was swept away by the rise of an omnipotent representative assembly, was the principle of the ‘separation of powers’.

— F. A. Hayek, Whither Democracy?, 1978, The University of Chicago Press.

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Comments to மக்கள் தீர்ப்பு

...Constitutions become the ultimate tyranny...They're organized power on such a scale as to be overwhelming. The constitution is social power
mobilized and it has no conscience. It can crush the highest and the lowest,
removing all dignity and individuality. It has an unstable balance point and no
limitations.

- From Dune II : Dune Messiah

posted by Anonymous scudie 

7:54 pm, October 08, 2007
 

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