I already mentioned that by the will of 400 peoples 9000 graduate student are on strike. I already mentioned why they (we) strike so I won't repeat here. But this "incident" as brought some thoughts to my mind on the nature of democracy. I always thought that democracy was completly determined by those who voted and that voting was the most important duty of any citizen in a democracy. Now I see us, 9000 graduate students on strike, a large number of which don't care about the strike and frankly for all intent and purpose aren't on strike (they go to their classes, do their laboratory work and generally doing exactly what they would do if they where not on strike.) That made me realise what democracy really is: the power of the people to do what the majority want no matter how or where a minority wants to do. Don't get me wrong I also think that democracy have to provide protection for the minority from the majority in case some crazy ideal (like nazism) catch in the majority and that minority have the same rights has majority. but all too often we see a minority of people walk out to the street and ask, fight, break things to get a point accross and we feel (most of the time when you are against the demand) that they have more power then the majority do.
The status quo I am seeing for the strike make me see the true power of the majority: no matter what this majority decide we will be the true power, they might walk in the street and scream slogan but we the 75% that did not vote for the strike (as opposed to 42% who voted against the strike) are not influence by their decision we will not move for their fight and even tho their idea are heard more then ours. We show what we think and what we want. Now if we could all just vote on the next election the old minority might get a surprise walk up call. So, please vote.