Balance Scorecard Essay

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LI-Paper Does the principle of majority rule represent a threat to liberty? ROBERT NEF* • June 2008 or a defence of the principle of majority rule we need look no further than the oath sworn at Rütli by the founding fathers of the Swiss Confederation, as portrayed in "William Tell", a quintessence of the basis for a political philosophy of the collective, its content and form an expression of Schiller's genius. Wir wollen sein ein einzig Volk von Brüdern, in keiner Not uns trennen und Gefahr. Wir wollen frei sein wie die Väter waren, eher den Tod, als in der Knechtschaft leben. Wir wollen trauen auf den höchsten Gott und uns nicht fürchten vor der Macht der Menschen. F Friedrich Schiller, William Tell, Act 2, Scene 2 Or in the translation by Sir Theodore Martin, whose "band of brothers" harks back to Shakespeare's "Henry V": A band of brothers true we swear to be, Never to part in danger or in death! We swear we will be free as were our sires, And sooner die than live in slavery! We swear, to put our trust in God Most High, And not to quail before the might of man! The indictment of the principle of majority rule is based on my "Schiller for the Modern Age" (see below), which points up the long-term consequences of majoritarianism: Wir wollen sein ein einzig Volk von Rentnern Uns zwangsversichern gegen alle Not Wir wollen Wohlfahrt, selbst auf Kosten unserer Kinder, eher Taktieren, als eigenständig sich behaupten. Wir wollen trauen auf den zentralen Staat Und uns stets beugen vor der Macht der Mehrheit. Robert Nef, Liberal Institute, Second Last Act, Second Last Scene Or in translation: * The author is chairman of the board of trustees of the Liberales Institut. 1 Liberales Institut / Does the principle of majority rule represent a threat to liberty? A band of wealthy pensioners we will be, Compulsorily insured against all woes. Give us

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