***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** And on that note, let's pack in this thread and go back to more productive matters. On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM, George M Munchus III <[log in to unmask]>wrote: > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > Some are still mad that a real Black man is still in the White House as > race does matter in America. > > > > Peace,GM > ------------------------------ > *From:* Social Networks Discussion Forum [[log in to unmask]] on behalf > of Barbour, Russell [[log in to unmask]] > *Sent:* Thursday, October 03, 2013 8:28 AM > > *To:* [log in to unmask] > *Subject:* Re: [SOCNET] Fear in Networks > > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > So you believe that we should abandon laws and submit to the will of > this band of extremists? Does protection of the minority include > gerrymandered congressional districts that created this situation in the > first place? Most Americans voted against the Republicans in the House > elections. Respect for the minority cannot mean that the majority is to > be silenced by extremists. > > > > Sincerely > > > > Russell " Skip" Barbour Ph.D. > > Associate Director for Statistics > > Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS > > Yale School of Medicine > > 135 College St. Suit 200 > > New Haven , CT. 06510 > > Tel: 203 764 4332 > > Fax: 203 764 4353 > > Email: [log in to unmask] > > > > > Doubt grows with knowledge. > Johann Wolfgang von Goethe<http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johannwolf380192.html> > > > > > *From:* Social Networks Discussion Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] *On > Behalf Of *John T. Maloney > *Sent:* Thursday, October 03, 2013 9:12 AM > *To:* [log in to unmask] > *Subject:* Re: [SOCNET] Fear in Networks > > > > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > Hi - > > Don't think you need a 'smart sociologist.' Rather, what's needed is a > basic civics lesson. > > Remember this axiom?* **"In a democracy, the majority rules."* > > Sorry, but the 'majority' sometimes forgets the COMPLETE description of > democracy - > > *"In a democracy the majority rules, **at the consent of the minority**."* > > In a democracy the minority is the most important constituency by far! > > Fortunately, it is rare that we need to take out the ol' democracy > handbook. Well, this is one of those times. > > Quite to the contrary, the* **fear* is manifest in POTUS & Reid. They are > terrified of minority factions. Instead of protecting and nurturing the minority, > the hallmark of flourishing liberal democracy, they behave as textbook > demagogues. > > If you need a primer on democracy, that French guy with the really long > name is excellent. > > *"If it be admitted that a man possessing absolute power may misuse that > power by wronging his adversaries, why should not a majority be liable to > the same reproach? Men do not change their characters by uniting with one > another; nor does their patience in the presence of obstacles increase with > their strength. For my own part, I cannot believe it; the power to do > everything, which I should refuse to one of my equals, I will never grant > to any number of them."* > > -* **Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville*, > > "Tyranny of the Majority," > > Chapter XV, Book 1, > > Democracy in America > > -j > > -----Original Message----- > From: Social Networks Discussion Forum [<a href="mailto:[log in to unmask] > SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social > network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email > message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET > in the body of the message. > -- Brian C. Keegan Ph.D. Student - Media, Technology, & Society School of Communication, Northwestern University Science of Networks in Communities, Laboratory for Collaborative Technology, Center for Technology & Social Behavior _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.