So if the majority of people believe that all Jews should be rounded up and thrown into gas chambers, you would consider that right or ethical because it's the will of the people?
No, I would NOT consider that "right or ethical". I would consider it democratic! There's a big difference!
First off, I consider your comparison so unlikely as to be almost impossible. Even Hitler kept his Final Solution largely secret even from the German people, who never got to vote on much of anything let alone gas chambers under Hitler's regime. It's much more likely that if the German people HAD a populist government at the time those gas chambers would never have been built!
Clearly, it was a LACK of populism that let the minority view of Hitler's prevail! I think you are supporting MY argument here, CC!
Even so, if Canada ever had a referendum or whatever to do such a terrible thing I would not oppose it as a matter of politics.
I would just get a gun and take a stand myself!
That being said, in such an extreme example such as yours I have no doubt that Canada would be making a mistake of horrendous proportions and would thus learn a horrendous lesson.
Have you got any examples more geared to the real world?
Edited by Wild Bill, 26 February 2012 - 02:56 PM.