[lbo-talk] Majority opposes wealth redistribution

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Thu Apr 14 12:37:27 PDT 2011

On Apr 14, 2011, at 3:27 PM, // ravi wrote:

> That’s an Americanism, isn’t it? (I know, I know, we are in the USA, most of us, and importantly, the list is, but still, we are Internationalists, aren’t we!). In comparison to the rest of the world, AFAIK:
> English US English
> ==================================
> Majority Plurality
> Absolute Majority Majority

Wow, you learn something new every day. From Wikipedia:

> "With three-cornered contests as common as they now are, we may have occasion to find a convenient single word for what we used to call an absolute majority... In America the word majority itself has that meaning while a poll greater than that of any other candidate, but less than half the votes cast, is called a plurality. It might be useful to borrow this distinction..." (Fowler, H.W. 1965 A Dictionary of Modern English Usage)

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