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  •  No, it was used in debates ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Ohiodem1

    ... in and surrounding the Constitutional Convention, in 1787. I'd have to dig around for citations, as they are in a book and not online. At that time, the phrase "tyranny of the majority" was used to describe the "levelers" who proposed a more progressive view of taxation and property law for to reduce wealth inequality in the new U.S. The "majority" to which the (in modern terms) conservatives referred was ... the mass of poor people from whom the wealthy wanted to ensure the law's protection.

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