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01 May 2005 @ 05:27 pm
"In Savoonga, Alaska, a tough people have made a tough place their home for generations. They've survived one of the world's most inhospitable climates and the barren isolation of their Arctic island. But can they survive booze, bingo and satellite TV?"
-Gene Weingarten

* Converts to the Muslim faith forced to take a new look at their homeland.
* Dana Milbank sees no light at the end of Bush's Social Security tour.
* Maureen Dowd on Iraq's new minister of oil: Chalabi.
* Cuomo warns of a "tyranny of the majority."
* Super-sized new extrasolar planet found.
* You'd be surprised at who wants to show up in horror movies these days.
* The hardcore Mickey Mouse club.
* Ten things we didn't know this time last week.
mediaprophetmediaprophet on May 1st, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
"exactly the kind of `tyranny of the majority' that James Madison had in mind,"

"It is of great importance in a republic, not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers. but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part. Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been, and ever will be, pursued until it is obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit. In a society, under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature, where the weaker individual is not scrured against the violence of the stronger: and as, in the latter state, even the stronger individuals are prompted by the uncertainty of their condition to submit to a government which may protect the weak as well as themselves, so, in the former state, will the more powerful factions be gradually induced by a like motive to wish for a government which will protect all parties, the weaker as well as the more powerful. It can be little doubted, that, if the state of Rhode Island was seperated from the Confederacy and left to itself, the insecurity of right under the popular form of government within such narrow limits would be displayed by sich reiterated oppressions of the factious majorities, that some power altogether independent of the people would soon be called for by the voice of the very factions whose misrule had proved the necessity of it."

James Madison, The Federalist No. 51
PMMJ: Memento: the Factscheetahmaster on May 2nd, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)

James Madison: Rock Star
mediaprophetmediaprophet on May 2nd, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
Tales from a suburban touristasimplelife on May 1st, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
PMMJ: News: Pravdacheetahmaster on May 2nd, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)