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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 8. May 31, 1939

We's and Democracies

We's and Democracies.

The Professor is a man who undoubtedly believes what he says. To have freedom we must have no restrictions that are contrary to the concepts of true democracy. But the analysis of "we" and "democracy" is most important. "We" may imply the right of a few—as it has from the break-up of feudalism when it was coupled with the latter. And "democracy" may mean the practice of self-government by the passive will of a majority, who hand over the reins to the "we" minority.

What I think our dear professor objects to is a reversal of these traditional ideas, and an "active" government by a majority "we."