Reason and Passion


This lesson explores an important problem latent in majority rule. If the majority has the right to express the will of the people as a whole, it is important that its decisions be products of calm reason and not volatile passions. A democracy is just as capable as a monarchy of becoming tyrannical. Therefore the Founders designed the Constitution to enable the people as much as possible to make well-reasoned laws that are beneficial to the common good.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.