There is a very interesting diatribe on youtube. A woman in a panel discussion looks at history and discusses the atrocities of the tyrannies and points out that though the majority of opinion was not signed up to the leadership – the atrocities still happened. Why?
In part it is the structure of how we govern ourselves that lends itself to these tyrannies – something the Americans saw clearly and tried to avoid. However, more relevant, is the fact that the mass of people are harder to mobilise than small groups and they become, in the lady’s resounding phrase, irrelevant.
If you are not prepared to stand, be counted and die as so many of Gandhi’s followers were, the tyranny of the few will always rule the many.