Alexis de tocqueville's democracy in america is a hallmark citation within contemporary civil society literature rarely does an academic work exploring the historical importance of civic associations finish without some reference to his work. In america, when the majority has once irrevocably decided a question, all discussion ceases--reason f or this--moral power exercised by the majority upon opinion--democratic republics have applied despotism to the minds of men. Alexis de tocqueville predicted the tyranny of the majority in our modern world alexis de tocqueville accurately foresaw both much of what ails us and our remarkable uniqueness and strengths. Tocqueville examines the possibility of the tyranny of the majority it is possible for a majority to create a law which is unjust, say, that all those who write with their left hands must be killed. If an oppressive law were passed, the liberties of the people would still be protected by the means by which that law would be put in execution: the majority cannot descend to the details and (as i will venture to style them) the puerilities of administrative tyranny.
In a democracy, de tocqueville argued, this abuse becomes the tyranny of the majority de tocqueville did not claim that the tyranny of the majority as yet existed to any great degree in america still, he saw evidence of it developing. 1 all footnotes refer to: alexis de tocqueville, democracy in america mansfield, trans chicago, 1998 mansfield, trans chicago, 1998 an asterisk indicates that this chapter was assigned in tom spragens' american political thought. In 1831, alexis de tocqueville, a young french aristocrat and civil servant, made a nine-month journey through the eastern united states the result was democracy in america , a monumental study of the strengths and weaknesses of the nation's evolving politics.
Democracy in america study guide contains a biography of alexis de tocqueville, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Alexis de tocqueville: alexis de tocqueville, political scientist, historian, and politician, best known for democracy in america, 4 vol (1835-40), a perceptive analysis of the political and social system of the united states in the early 19th century. In the same fashion, the tyranny of the majority discussed by tocqueville, madison, and smith presupposes a scenario acted upon by a binary social identity, in which the majority is a monolithic agent, with a pre-existing, selfish, irrational nature, oppressing a minority. Alexis de tocqueville equality and democracy tyranny tocqueville feared that democratic equality on america in america the majority raises formidable. The tyranny of the majority is a concept developed most famously in alexis de tocqueville's democracy in americathe term was coined by tocqueville, and later adopted by john stuart mill in on liberty.
Recall alexis de tocqueville and gustave de beaumont's reason for visiting the united states in the 1830s summarize tocqueville's findings in democracy in america , both positive and negative. Alexis de tocqueville, democracy in america: historical-critical edition of de la démocratie en amérique, ed eduardo nolla, translated from the french by james t schleifer a bilingual french-english editions, (indianapolis: liberty fund, 2010. Alexis de tocqueville (1805-1859) was a french historian and political thinker when reading through this book it is difficult not to see parallels between american society in the 1800's and the america of today. Alexis de tocqueville (1805-1859) was a french political philosopher, statesman, and author of two seminal works in the history of political thought, democracy in america and the old regime and the revolution.
Alexis de tocqueville (1805-59) came to america in 1831 to see what a great republic was like what struck him most was the country's equality of conditions, its democracy the book he wrote on his return to france, democracy in america, is both the best ever written on democracy and the best ever. 406 quotes from alexis de tocqueville: 'the american republic will endure until the day congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money', 'america is great because she is good. Lifespan: (1805-1859) among conservatives and liberals alike, the french aristocrat alexis de tocqueville is perhaps the most often quoted political theorists of democracy.
Alexis de tocqueville and gustave de beaumont in america: their friendship and their travels, edited by oliver zunz, translated by arthur goldhammer (university of virginia press, 2011), 698 pages includes previously unpublished letters, essays, and other writings. Alexis de tocqueville democracy in america 1835 excerpts from the original electronic text at the web site american hypertexts at the university of virginia traveling to the united states in 1831 to study american prisons for the french government, french aristocrats alexis de tocqueville and gustave de beaumont toured the country and observed american society, politics, and the economy. Democracy in america alexis de tocqueville 1831 chapter xv: unlimited power of majority, and its consequences - part i chapter summary natural strength of the majority in democracies - most of the american constitutions have increased this strength by artificial means - how this has been done - pledged delegates - moral power of the majority - opinion as to its infallibility.
Democracy in america is a book written by alexis de tocqueville after he was sent from france to study democracy in america and the political culture that allowed it to be successful tocqueville discussed the structure and institutions that help to maintain democracy in american society. The section is taken from volume 2, part 2, chapter 7, of democracy in america, of the tyranny of the majority the recent critical edition published by the liberty fund, translated by james schleifer, is freely available online and has been used for this unit. Among conservatives and liberals alike, the french aristocrat alexis de tocqueville is perhaps the most often quoted political theorist of democracy in the words of harvey mansfield and delba winthrop, tocqueville's two-volume work democracy in america (1835) remains at once the best book ever.
Among conservatives and liberals alike, the french aristocrat alexis de tocqueville is perhaps the most often quoted political theorist of democracy in the words of harvey mansfield and delba winthrop, tocqueville's two-volume work democracy in america (1835) remains at once the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever. It was later popularized by alexis de tocqueville in his book: democracy in america and further spread by john stuart mill in their works, both mill and tocqueville are concerned about the existence of the tyranny of majority in democracy and saw the necessity of a civic culture that supported liberty and diversity in order to prevent such. The father of liberalism against the tyranny of the majority democracy was on the march america had broken free from britain france had overthrown its monarchy following alexis de.