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John Stuart Mill on the Tyranny of the Majority
journal contributionposted on 2023-02-03, 02:12 authored by Struan Jacobs
For an idea so central to the thought of a figure so prominent in the history of political philosophy, John Stuart Mill's ‘tyranny of the majority’ has been badly neglected. In this paper examination of strategic texts leads to the conclusions that Mill developed different conceptions of majority tyranny focussed on the middle class and the labouring class respectively, and that with regard to such tyranny he contrasted the situations of different societies. The United States had succumbed to it, he believed, while England might yet be spared it. © 1993, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.