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By Nicholas Blake

Males - overall strangers - identify the precise alibis via arranging to change sufferers. Ned Stowe will kill Stuart Hammer’s prosperous uncle for which provider Hammer is to get rid of Stowe’s neurotic spouse, Helena. Too far-fetched? maybe. however the males plot and the plan - with its horrifyingly basic premise - is solidified...

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It hopes to explain why deliberation is required in addition to merely fair procedures of voting, but it hopes to do so in a way that never appeals to the existence of any procedure-independent standard for better or worse political decisions. The task for deliberative democratic theory, then, has become the odd one of explaining the central importance of substantive public discussion of the procedure-independent merits of possible political decisions, without ever granting that there actually are any procedure-independent standards.

At that stage, in other words, the question of the real truth about, say, substantive justice is bracketed. Beyond that important point, however, there is a parallel line of thought, insofar as I resist the idea that questions of normative substance can be put aside in favor of less controversial questions of process or procedure. Just as a standard of general acceptability is not a self-suf´Čücient substitute for appeals to the normative truths, similarly, the standard of democratic approval is not normatively adequate without 23 CHAPTER II some appeal to substantive standards by which democratic decisions ought to be evaluated.

With that many coins, we know that very nearly 51 percent of them will turn up heads, and so it is quite likely indeed that more than 50 percent will. So now, suppose that, rather than coins, it is 1,000 people, facing a true/false question. And suppose that each person has about a 51 percent chance of getting the right answer (suppose, if you like, that the question is drawn from a pile of which each knows exactly 51 percent of the answers). What is the chance that at least a majority of them will get the right answer?

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