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Democracy in America, Volumes One and Two by Alexis de Tocqueville, trans. Henry Reeve is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. This Portable . Alexis de Tocqueville: “Democracy in America”. As “Democracy in America” revealed, Tocqueville believed that equality was the great political and social idea of. Alexis de Tocqueville (). Democracy in America. Volume 1. Alexis De Tocqueville. Written: ; Translated: by Henry Reeve, revised and corrected, ;.

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Alexis de Tocqueville – HISTORY

Available editions United States. I did not have one; no one said anything to me. Reviews noted with satisfaction the full account of the question and the impartial presentation of the advantages and disadvantages of the two systems in use in the United States.

In order to do this, liberals, like conservatives, court Clio. To embrace the whole in its entirety would be foolishness.

The occasion would not present itself beforewhen, forced to abandon all political activity following the coming to power of a person of whom he highly disapproved, Tocqueville decided to take up the pen again in order to remind the French of the events that had brought them liberty. As such, it did not succeed in satisfying either those who love theoretical works, who preferred the Democracy by far, or those who read novels. This same equality that makes him independent of each one of his fellow citizens in particular, delivers him isolated and defenseless to the action of the greatest number.

His generosity toward the stranger who appears at his door is nothing more than the fruit of calculation; it comes from reason and not from the heart; it is an investment.

A good number of research projects will still have to return to the unique object that the manuscript represents. He calls the Puritan Founding the “seed” of his entire work. Tocqueville called upon his readers to understand democracy as a brand new type of self-government defined not just by elections, parties and government by representatives, but also by the extensive use of civil society institutions that prevent political despotism by placing a limit, in the name of equality, upon the scope and power of government ameria.


Letters and Other Writings. Catholics choose the Roman Catholic Church as the authority. In reality, Tocqueville’s “tyranny of the majority” is a red herring, because an elite oligarchy ended up controlling everything more or less by the beginning of the 20th century. They believed that because nature had made man and woman so different in physical and moral constitution, its clear purpose was to assign different uses to the diverse faculties kn each.

Quotes from Democracy in America. Anyone interested in democracy, equality, and the role of the military in government should own a copy of this book.

Officially and technically we have.

Dee a facsimile, a perfect reproduction of the original, made on the same paper, damaged by time and humidity, would manage to show to the reader Democracy in America in all its complexity and liveliness. In the meantime, I’ll leave with this quote: The pioneer is, necessarily, occupied entirely by the search for a minimum of commodities.

Democracy in America. English Edition. Vol. 1 – Online Library of Liberty

Democratic mechanisms, said Tocqueville, stimulate a passion for social and political equality that they cannot easily satisfy. They feel for their homeland a feeling analogous to what a man feels for his family, so that a kind of egoism also contributes to their interest in the state p. By the act of the master, or by the will of the slave, it will cease; and in either case great calamities may be expected to ensue. The great exception, of course, is the name of the book itself, Democracy in America, a title simply too familiar in English to be altered; and 5 in cases where Tocqueville quotes directly and closely from an English-language source, the original English text has been provided; but in cases where Tocqueville has quoted an English-language source from a French translation, or has only paraphrased or followed an English text very loosely, Tocqueville has been translated.


Democratic man is completely immersed in tasks of a practical type, because democracy takes him away from theory and confines his activities to the economic domain; he no longer believes in anything except his own reason.

The American frontier, the great wilderness that extends to the Pacific Ocean, offers a space in which ideas transform reality without encountering obstacles and Edition: In today’s atmosphere, the thoughts here compared to the reality we live in and that “may” be coming to pass He compares the various religions at that time Christian denominations and how the Church affects how people think, Protestant, such as Episcopalian and it’s belief in the state church; Puritanism and it’s belief in the right of individual freedom of religious practice and also the Catholic church, which is founded on a theocracy and goes hand in hand with Royalty.

Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America (LOA #147)

But Tocqueville believes that through education a society can become more and presumably less too democratic. For the same reason, you excite only a small number of passions. Various renovations that his wife would have done would be necessary before Tocqueville decided to live there for long periods.

These same opponents of slavery alexsi to some degree aware of a contradiction that lurked within the contradiction.


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