Abbot Lawrence Lowell, a problematic but famous political scholar, says: “There is a common impression that public opinion depends upon and is measured by the mere number of persons to be found on each side of a question, but this is far from accurate.” What, then, is it? Is unanimity required? A majority?– How do we measure the opinion of the majority? How then does that affect the representation of our elections and voter turnout?
As a note: A person doesn’t have to be a good person for them to make contributions to academics or society, and we shouldn’t run from our history but learn to be better from it, even– and especially– when it is not positive.