Originally Posted by clifp
Better to have tyranny of the majority, than a tyranny of minority.
Ranking of tyrannies, hmm. Persecution of Jews in Germany enjoyed popular support. Slavery in US Southern states enjoyed popular support. Most Rwandans are Hutus, and they just went along with popular demand when they killed ten thousand Tutsis each day
for months. Majority rules.
I'm not sure that oppression of people is "better" if it is perpetrated by a majority rather than a minority.
When we look back on tyrannies and oppression, the most egregious examples of taking of life, liberty, and property have been conducted by a majority against a minority (poor against rich, majority religion against minority religion, etc). Government power unfettered by strong restrictions is very dangerous whether leaders represent a majority or a minority. That's why elections in these countries, in themselves, mean very little.