concurrent majorities

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John C. Calhoun (1782—1850)


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Majorities in each of several bodies, such as houses in a legislature. Used specifically by John C. Calhoun for the claim that a policy (on slavery, for instance) should not be implemented unless a majority in both areas affected agreed with it. This would of course have resulted in no policy on slavery being adopted at all. Many constitutions require concurrent majorities for certain sorts of weighty decisions.

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