Tyranny of the majority

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The phrase "tyranny of the majority," used in discussing systems of democracy and majority rule, is a criticism of the scenario in which decisions made by a majority under that system would place that majority's interests so far above a minority's interest as to be comparable to "tyrannical" despots. See the Wikipedia article on Tyranny of the majority.

Tyranny of the majority is a frequent criticism of direct democracy and to some extent most current forms of democracy.

Metagovernment projects are oriented toward consensus models, not majority rule. See collaborative governance.