Tyrrany of the Majority Cycling


“The phrase “tyranny of the majority” (or “tyranny of the masses”), used in discussing systems of democracy and majority rule, envisions a scenario in which decisions made by a majority place its interests so far above those of an individual or minority group as to constitute active oppression, comparable to that of tyrants and despots.”

I don’t know if this applies to cycling: making the world a living hell and kill a few hundred people a year, but I personally think that it applies.

“Ayn Rand, Objectivist philosopher and novelist, wrote against such tyranny, saying that individual rights are not subject to a public vote, and that the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and that the smallest minority on earth is the individual).”

Thus, I don’t think that any serious conservative especially the Randian should be against bike lanes and bicycle parking. After all, as I said before, bicycle infrastructure is the state’s way of conferring both protection and legitimacy to cycling. Thus, no infrastructure, no right to cycle. Which means that no bicycle infrastructure is a form of Motoring Tyrrany.

Here’s some criticism:

“Narrow groups, especially those who can reward active participation to their group goals, might therefore be able to dominate or distort political process, a process studied in public choice theory.”

Yes! This is our dream. Dominate the political process and in the process save lives, create quieter communities, and happier people. Tyrrany of the safe and healthy!


One Response to “Tyrrany of the Majority Cycling”

  1. Tyrrany of the Majority Cycling | Capital Cycles Says:

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