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Alexis De Tocqueville, Democracy in AmericaAristocracy is a phenomenon that is perhaps as natural a summer crop, and as devastating as the locusts that eat it. De Tocqueville's position on aristocracy is quite clear. He is a strong advocate of the aristocracy, it is a part of the natural order and ... Alexis De Tocqueville, Democracy in AmericaAristocracy is a phenomenon that is perhaps as natural a summer crop, and as devastating as the locusts that eat it. De Tocqueville's position on aristocracy is quite clear. ... De Tocqueville's argument lacks a solid and provable basis. ... De Tocqueville found one of the goals of Democracy. ... De Tocqueville chose poor words in this statement. ...
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)Since beginning to study political science I have heard the name and read the quotes of Alexis de Tocqueville. A Frenchman, historian, political theorist, and student and writer of the French Revolution -- Tocqueville has become a scholar in all democratic societies ... Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)Since beginning to study political science I have heard the name and read the quotes of Alexis de Tocqueville. ... Works Cited"Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)." ... "Alexis de Tocqueville. ... Tocqueville, Alexis de." ... Tocqueville, Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel De July 29, 1805-Apr. 18, 1859."...
Alexis de Tocqueville was born on July 29, 1805, in Paris. His father was agovernment official in various parts of France. His great-grandfather was a liberalaristocrat who was killed in the French Revolution. And his mother was a devotedRoman Catholic. Abbe Lesueur was Tocqueville's tutor, when ... Alexis de Tocqueville was born on July 29, 1805, in Paris. ... Abbe Lesueur was Tocqueville's tutor, when his father passed away.Tocquevile went to the College Royal in Metz to study philosophy at the age ofsix-teen. ... Tocqueville's father's career had beensteadily moving forward until, in 1826, he became prefect of Versailles (the mostinfluential prefecture in France). ... In the same year Tocqueville got marriedto Mary Motley, an Englishwoman. ... After his mother died, Tocqueville went back to politics. ...
Enlightened Self-InterestWhat are the roles of the Citizen in American Democracy? If one were to ask this question of Alexis de Tocqueville, he would have had quite a lot to say about it. Alexis de Tocqueville was a French aristocrat who lived from 1805 to 1859. In 1831, he came to the U.S. for n ... If one were to ask this question of Alexis de Tocqueville, he would have had quite a lot to say about it. Alexis de Tocqueville was a French aristocrat who lived from 1805 to 1859. ... One of Tocqueville's main focuses was on the concept of "enlightened self-interest". ... This is a very high form of self-interest (truthisone).Tocqueville compared the levels of self-interest of an aristocratic society and a democratic society. ... According to Tocqueville, it is impossible not to be selfish in one way or another, so why not use the naturally occurring selfishness for a good cause. ...
When Alexis de Tocqueville wrote Democracy in America in 1830, democracy was still a new phenomenon. In the introduction to his book, Tocqueville views democracy as an inevitable social tide that is sweeping the world, ordained by the will of God. He argues that in America religion and politics we ... When Alexis de Tocqueville wrote Democracy in America in 1830, democracy was still a new phenomenon. ... Tocqueville also argues that long before the Revolution, self-government at local levels was already the norm in America. ... Tocqueville states that among the colonialists, particularly in New England, there were no rich and no poor. ... Tocqueville confirms this idea when he says, "Almost all Americans are prosperous" (39). ... In other words, the American Revolution, which Tocqueville sees as evidence of a new spirit, was intended to be a restoration. ...
Alexis de Tocqueville's visit to the United States in the early part of the nineteenth century prompted his work Democracy in America, in which he expressed the ability to make democracy work. Throughout his travels Tocqueville noted that private interest and personal gain motivated the actions of m ... Alexis de Tocqueville's visit to the United States in the early part of the nineteenth century prompted his work Democracy in America, in which he expressed the ability to make democracy work. ... Tocqueville believed that this individualism would soon "sap the virtue of public life" (395) and create a despotism of selfishness. ... Alexis de Tocqueville viewed participation in public affairs, the growth of associations and newspapers, the principle of self-interest properly understood, and religion as the only means by which American democracy could combat the effects of individualism. .....
Alexis de Tocqueville and Karl Marx both believed that revolutions were inevitable. However, the two did not agree on all aspects of revolution. De Tocqueville found that revolutions couldn't be deterred, but also found that no laws in history determined revolutions. On the other hand, Marx used a l ... Alexis de Tocqueville and Karl Marx both believed that revolutions were inevitable. ... According to de Tocqueville, had there been a wiser king the revolution may not have occurred. ... De Tocqueville and Marx also acknowledged that revolutions are inspired by hope. ... De Tocqueville did not believe that the revolution began the centralization of the state. ... Based on the ideas of Alexis de Tocqueville and Karl Marx there is a link between revolution and the formation of a modern state. ...
The Federalist No. 10 by James Madison and The Tyranny of the Majority by Alexis de Tocqueville are two political papers which analyze some parts of the American constitution. Each of the authors have their own distinct thoughts on the constitution and they agree in some areas, and, differ drastica ... The Federalist No. 10 by James Madison and The Tyranny of the Majority by Alexis de Tocqueville are two political papers which analyze some parts of the American constitution. ... Tocqueville on the other stated his views on the factions from the view of an unlimited faction republic. ... Tocqueville classified our beliefs in what our representatives very similar to what Madison did. ... Tocqueville, in his essay, completely denies the importance of the individual. ... Alexis de Tocqueville and James Madison covered a lot of the same topics in there essays. ...
Analysis of Liberty in Society- Both Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville agree that an individual is the most qualified to make decisions affecting the sphere of the individual as long as those decisions do not violate the law of justice. From this starting point, each theorist proposes a ro ... Analysis of Liberty in Society- Both Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville agree that an individual is the most qualified to make decisions affecting the sphere of the individual as long as those decisions do not violate the law of justice. ... Alexis de Tocqueville recognizes this fault in Smith's system. ... Alexis de Tocqueville offers a more satisfying system stemming from the same faith in individual sovereignty. ... Smith's phrase inherently limits government whereas de Tocqueville's includes it in government. ... In defining liberty, de Tocqueville applauds the foll...
Alexis De Tocqueville's Democracy in America delves deep into how the American States and the federal government would grow politically and socially under the umbrella of democracy. He sees the United States as a unique entity because of how and why it started as well as its geographical location. D ... Alexis De Tocqueville's Democracy in America delves deep into how the American States and the federal government would grow politically and socially under the umbrella of democracy. ... De Tocqueville saw two very different attitudes in these regions. ... De Tocqueville sees America as having no real centralized administration but a supreme system of centralized government. ... "[T]he tyranny of the majority" is one of de Tocqueville's main concerns with democratic nations. ... De Tocqueville sees the problem of an oppressive majority and it seems to have come to light in the last fe...
Alexis de Tocqueville?s description of America as a land of equality was an inaccurate one, as his opinion came out of dealings exclusively with upper society and he concurred with the majority of the population that the treatment of blacks, women, and ?undesirables? as second-class citizens was not ... Alexis de Tocqueville?... The time period in which Tocqueville lived was one of rapid change not only within the United States, but also worldwide. ... Unfortunately, while the United States achieved much in the way of progress, Tocqueville?... These factors represented the failures of democracy, but were ignored or written off by Tocqueville. ... Tocqueville?...
Frankly, the French have no idea of what America truly is. In Tocqueville's Democracy in America, the caustic Frenchman describes the governmental aspects of America, as well as highlighting upon some social aspects. He states the truth, however not all of Tocqueville's truths do not transcend ti ... He states the truth, however not all of Tocqueville's truths do not transcend time and are rendered obsolete in modern times. ... Tocqueville simply highlights upon the truths of democracy. ... Tocqueville seems to be biased, and can even be considered elitist. ... The contrast between that Tocqueville makes between the two types of women is interesting. ... Tocqueville's presumptions of American women are correct, however in contrast to Tocqueville's negative connotation, I believe that the lack of timidity and ignorance are assets. ...
The People Who Control Your Mind: A Look At Minority Rule In AmericaAlexis de Tocqueville discussed how he believed that majority rules in the United States. He writes about how the majority in America has control over the opinions of the masses and how people do not think for themselves. The latter ... The People Who Control Your Mind: A Look At Minority Rule In AmericaAlexis de Tocqueville discussed how he believed that majority rules in the United States. ... The masses do not form many of their own opinions but these opinions are not given to them, like Tocqueville says, by the majority. These "ready made opinions" (Tocqueville 11) are given to American people by a powerful few. ... Tocqueville would call the media the "intellectual authority"(Tocqueville 13) in America. ... (Tocqueville 11). ...
The People Who Control Your Mind: A Look At Minority Rule In AmericaAlexis de Tocqueville discussed how he believed that majority rules in the United States. He writes about how the majority in America has control over the opinions of the masses and how people do not think for themselves. The latter ... The People Who Control Your Mind: A Look At Minority Rule In AmericaAlexis de Tocqueville discussed how he believed that majority rules in the United States. ... The masses do not form many of their own opinions but these opinions are not given to them, like Tocqueville says, by the majority. These "ready made opinions" (Tocqueville 11) are given to American people by a powerful few. ... Tocqueville would call the media the "intellectual authority"(Tocqueville 13) in America. ... (Tocqueville 11). ...
The Democratic IdealOver one hundred years ago Alexis de Tocqueville expressed what would become the American standard when he observed "Americans were born equal without having to become so." This ideology is also known of as the "democratic wish": the participation of a united people pursuing a sh ... The Democratic IdealOver one hundred years ago Alexis de Tocqueville expressed what would become the American standard when he observed "Americans were born equal without having to become so." ... Compounding this problem is the fact that money has become so important in American politics Perhaps, Tocqueville was right in saying "I know no other country where love of money has such a grip on men's hearts." ...
"Democracy or Not?"Each of us is aware that change is everywhere we look. No segment of society is exempt. We as the public are dealing with the advent of continuous and ever increasing change. Change in technology, change in resource availability, change in national demographics, change in workforc ... PrinciplesGovernments have found that they can legislate laws that define what is acceptable and what is not just as proven by Alexis de Tocqueville. ... Competence, becomes a de facto assumption, for without it the attainment of our goals and objectives is doomed to failure. ...
"A political system is any persistent pattern of human relationships that involves, to a significant extent, power, rule, or authority." (Dahl, 2001, p.14) Politics, we all agree, is a fact of life. Some people rejoice in this, seeing in political participation and government the possibility of buil ... In order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals and minorities against what Alexis de Tocqueville called 'democratic despotism', constitutional limits on the power of the state over its citizens may be set, or the political status of particular social groups may be entrenched in the formal rules and informal procedures of politics. ... Tocqueville argued that the best protection against the tyranny of the majority is the existence of multiple group identities in society. ...
Essay #1The wide open frontier a place of freedom and promise. Fredrick Jackson Turner states that the frontier changed almost every aspect of the pioneer making them distinctly American. Unfortunately, Turner's thesis as it is called is not true in all aspects. Many historians including Carl De ... In his book Carl Degler proves Turner's thesis wrong by looking at eyewitness accounts of another historian Alexis de Tocqueville. ... Tocqueville gives a detailed explanation of a cabin he visited on the Michigan frontier. ... On his table Tocqueville describes books and newspapers. ...
Exploring the Distinction between the House and SenateIn the House and Senate, Ross L. Baker investigates the differences encompassing both the House of Representatives and the Senate. This book reveals an in-depth comparison between the two chambers, providing a through history regarding the diffe ... Alexis de Tocqueville enjoyed the size of the Senate allowing unlimited discussion and debate. ... During this time period, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in favor of the structuring of the Senate. ...
Social movements are, according to Wikipedia ("Social Movements", March 14, 2006); "a type of group action. They are large informal groupings of individuals and/or organizations focused on specific political or social issues, in other words, on carrying out a social change." Social moveme ... In 1835 and in 1840, Alexis de Tocqueville, a foreign visitor to the United States, and a keen observer of American-style democracy visiting the United States from France, and then writing about his impressions, wrote that equality is a cornerstone of American-style democracy and as such, a uniquely American concept: one Americans themselves greatly treasure. As Tocqueville wrote, for example: "No novelty in the United States struck me more vividly during my stay there than the equality of conditions. ... [I]t creates opinions, gives birth to feelings, suggests customs, and modifies whateve...
In today's American society, and most other places around the world, one's race,ethnicity, ethnic background, or whatever other politically correct title one wishes toattach to this phenotypic identifier, is as plain as the nose on one's face. For many, in the"dominant culture," ethnic identity ser ... "> Likewise, Alexis de Tocqueville(1969) in his observations on Democracy> in America considered blacks in America to bethe greatest "danger" to> the United States. ... Back> to the historical picture: about white attitudestowards blacks, de> Tocqueville said "A natural prejudice leads a man to scorn anybodywho> has been his inferior, long after he has become his equal." ... Theassessments of Jefferson and de Tocqueville> were not unlike those of Lincoln. ...
Facades of FreedomThere are multitudes of varying perceptions regarding the concept of freedom. Whether the freedom of the individual, of our nation, or of the human race, there is a constant state of conflicting emotions in our country that date back to the colonial days. Just as the new settlers s ... Alexis de Tocqueville states in On the pursuit of Wealth, "As for a child with his toys, so it is later for a man with all his belongings." Tocqueville is expressing how a child holds his toys so close to his heart, as does the average American man. ...
Freedom of Speech, or the right to express oneself, verbally and in writing, as one chooses, and how, when, to whom, and in what manner one chooses, is a guarantee of all American citizens, protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Specifically, the First Amendment to ... As Wikipedia points out, however: "The philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville observed that people may be hesitant to speak freely not because of fear of government retribution but because of social pressures.3" That is, when an individual states an opinion that is not mainstream, or is considered unpopular, he or she might be subjected to peer pressure to change or retract the opinion; community rejection; disdain or ostracism, or even threatening or violent reactions from others. As Tocqueville correctly predicted, the fear of such reaction to the exercise of free speech, on the part of many i...
"God helps them that help themselves" (Poor Richards Almanack, 722), a phrase commonly quoted from "Poor Richard's Almanacks", illustrates the types of selfishness often seen during Benjamin Franklin's time. Or does it? Is wanting and striving for a better self so bad? Would the reader of such ph ... Community can best be summed up by Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" where he said, "Individualism is a novel expression, to which a novel idea has given birth" (Individualism and/vs. ...
Americans and individualismThe United States of America is the land of the free, the land ofopportunity, and the wealthiest country in the world, a country that half themodern world is modeled after. Its President is referred to as the "Leaderof the free world." Thousands of people come to this coun ... Alexis de Tocqueville described individualismas the cool and considered attitude which drives people to withdraw into asmall, enclosed world consisting of their family and a few select friends,leaving the rest of society to its own devices.The most obvious problem stemming from the process of individualism is of a socio-economic nature and concerns the problem of solidarity. ...