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The paradox of democracy Print
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Mar. 10, 2011 -- 1:00 AM

To the editor:

On the topic of democracy, 50 years ago the Rev. John Courtney Murray, in his book We Hold These Truths, described majoritarianism as a kind of democratic tool shed in which the weapons of tyranny may be forged. We see this in the American political system, where you get both war and abortion, or usury and the normalization of sodomy no matter who you vote for.

In spite of our right to vote, the rich are able to do whatever they want. This is the paradox of democracy. Yet the kind of Catholic persuasion recommended by Reverend Murray seems hard pressed to challenge the effects of state sponsored social engineering. Are boycotts really obsolete?

John Knox, Madison