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How can you live within a democracy that expects you to participate, to hold an opinion and vote and thereby control and be responsible for your society—but at the same time, you must surrender and follow the will of others if even the slimmest majority disagrees with you?

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Does it mean that society is repressive even though it's a democracy?

Please I need to know ASAP

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  1. We give up certain liberties in order to enjoy the protections of the government. You should read John Locke's work, especially his treatises on government:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke

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  2. Democracy can be repressive, if the majority desires it. The better idea is a democracy with fundamental guarantees for all: certain freedoms are not to be violated, such as freedom of religion, freedom of privacy, freedom to vote, freedom to speak freely, freedom to ....

    Democracy in itself is no guarantee of freedom from opression. Tyranny can be from one, or from the majority. There has to be independent checks.

    Now outside the fundamental guarantees, if there are some, there can still be repression. Want to burn a flag? Want to protest at school? Want to go naked in your yard? Some see these as repression. Maybe, maybe not.

    A good question, one that has troubled political thinkers for some time. Have fun with it.

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