Individual rights find their highest expression within a democratic system of government. We could argue about which democratic system is the best in terms of expressing and safeguarding individual rights like whether it is a republican democracy or direct democracy or citizens assemblies, etcetera but there is no other non-democratic system that provides an avenue for individual rights greater than a democratic system.
If you want to comprehend what the OP means by 'individual rights' and 'democracy', he means that by giving human rights to minorities you are repressing the "democratic will" of his imaginary majority to enslave, persecute and ethnic-cleanse these minorities because suddenly they too have 'individual rights' which he considers an insult towards his individual right to vote them enslaved, gone or dead.
Potemkin wrote:Democracy, in its purest and original form, was profoundly illiberal.
Can you provide an example of another system before Athenian democracy being more liberal in terms of civil liberties than it? You mentioned the example of Socrates being put to death as proof of democratic illiberalism to prevent him from allegedly expressing himself, what you forgot to recall is that Socrates was tried before a jury of his peers, he had the right to a solicitor and while he was being accused of impiety(actually treason as Rugoz pointed out) he carried on taking the piss inside the court by suggesting that the Court should give him honours and an Olympic pension while his students and closest friends had collaborated with the Spartans and had already succeeded in overthrowing Athenian democracy. Despite all that Socrates had many chances to convince the court to release him but he consciously chose not to, he wilfully drunk the poison, elevating his individual rights to a point that can be surpassed with extreme difficulty. The trial of Socrates is the triumph of civil liberalism, rather than the opposite as you suggest. I am really struggling here to see how on earth would anybody would consider this as "profoundly illiberal", what is profoundly liberal then?
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