Re: if democracy isn't "majority rules", then what is it?
Democracy is part of a larger system that includes inviolate rights (rights that can't be overridden by a majority), limits on the power of governments, and mechanisms (like representative government) meant to cool passions and allow time for reason and debate.
I'm talking about the sort of thing we talk about Techdirt every day - copyright law, patent law, restrictions on competition, make-work bureaucracy, etc. etc.
Every one of these things are driven by some kind of special interest or other - people who think their industry, their job, their profession - are somehow more important than everyone else's and so deserve special rules that make life easier for them.
At the expense of everyone else.
And who can deliver these special rules?
Government. Because if anyone else what they're asking, it would be considered a crime.
When government doesn't it, nobody goes to jail, because no laws are broken. But it's still a crime.
And yes, I think about 70% of the population supports it.