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" Unanimity is impossible ; the rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible. So that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism, in some form, is all that is left. "
Illustrated Life, Services, Martyrdom, and Funeral of Abraham Lincoln ... - Page 93
edited by - 1865 - 285 pages
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The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation

Diane Ravitch - Reference - 2000 - 656 pages
...Unanimity is impossible. The rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left One section of our country believes slavery is right and ought to be extended, while the other believes...
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A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War

Harry V. Jaffa - History - 2004 - 576 pages
...Unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left." Collected Works, vol. IV, p. 268 (emphasis added). In contrast, here is Jefferson Davis, in his Message...
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Great Cases in Constitutional Law

Robert P. George - Law - 2000 - 206 pages
...Unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy, or despotism in some form, is all that is left.6 And it was under this heading — "despotism in some form" — that Lincoln went on to discuss...
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Law Without Values: The Life, Work, and Legacy of Justice Holmes

Albert W. Alschuler - Biography & Autobiography - 2000 - 325 pages
...[constitutional decisions of the Supreme Court] must be binding in any case upon die parties to a suit as to die object of that suit, while they are also entitled to very high respect and consideration ... by all other departments of Government. And while it is obviously possible that such decision may...
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Islam, Democracy and Religious Modernism in Iran, 1953-2000: From Bāzargān ...

Forough Jahanbakhsh - Religion - 2001 - 201 pages
...Unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left.44 The majority principle is occasionally justified in terms of Rousseau's social contract as...
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Natural Rights and the Right to Choose

Hadley Arkes - Political Science - 2002 - 302 pages
...restated the understanding in this way: He was willing to accept the judgment of the Supreme Court as "binding in any case, upon the parties to a suit, as to the object of that suit,. . . [and] limited to that particular case."-' s What he was not obliged to accept was the prineiple...
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Judicial Nominations, Filibusters, and the Constitution: When a ..., Volume 4

United States, United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights - Constitutional law - 2003 - 393 pages
...Unanimity is impossible. The rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible: so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left/'" In addition to its manifest unfairness, the requirement of a supermajority vote not only puts government...
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Public Choice III

Dennis C. Mueller, Professor of Economics Dennis C Mueller - Business & Economics - 2003 - 768 pages
...Unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left. Abraham Lincoln . . . unless the king has been elected by unanimous vote, what, failing a prior agreement,...
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Lincoln's Constitution

Daniel A. Farber, Henry J Fletcher Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research Daniel A Farber - History - 2003 - 240 pages
..."[u]nanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissable; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy, or despotism in some form, is all that is left." If, in case of disagreement, a minority "will secede rather than acquiesce, they make a precedent which,...
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My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America's Presidents ...

Political oratory - 2003 - 337 pages
...Unanimity is impossible. The rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left — This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall...
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