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  Democracy in America - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Democracy in America was also seen to have its potential downside: the despotism of public opinion, the tyranny of majorities, the absence of intellectual freedom which seemed to him to degrade administration and bring statesmanship, learning, and literature to the level of the lowest.
'Democracy in America' predicted the violence of party spirit and the judgment of the wise subordinated to the prejudices of the ignorant.
'Democracy in America' is acclaimed for its author's perception, but it has also been criticized by recent scholars for gaps in its discussion; for instance, de Tocqueville almost ignores mentioning poverty in cities.
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 Alexis de Tocqueville - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Democracy in America (1835), Alexis de Tocqueville praised the New World and the democracy it would bring, while at the same time warning against the dangers of tyranny of the majority and what he called 'mild' despotism.
He saw democracy as an equation that balanced liberty and equality, concern for the individual as well as the community.
Democracy in America Hypertext of Alexis DeTocqueville's Democracy in America with a gallery of related projects describing America ca.
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 The Book Blog : Adam Curry's Weblog
Were literary excellence the sole claim of "Democracy in America" to distinction, the splendor of its composition alone would entitle it to high place among the masterpieces of the century.
Prophets of evil predict the downfall of democracy, but the student of M. de Tocqueville will find consolation and encouragement in the reflection that the same spirit which has vanquished the perils of the past, which he foresaw, will be equally prepared for the responsibilities of the present and the future.
In the first part of this work I have attempted to show the tendency given to the laws by the democracy of America, which is abandoned almost without restraint to its instinctive propensities, and to exhibit the course it prescribes to the Government and the influence it exercises on affairs.
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 Alexis de Tocqueville: Advantages American Society Derives from Democratic Government
The government of a democracy brings the notion of political rights to the level of the humblest citizens, just as the dissemination of wealth brings the notion of property within the reach of all men; to my mind, this is one of its greatest advantages.
Besides, the people in America obey the law, not only because it is their own work, but because it may be changed if it is harmful; a law is observed because, first, it is a self-imposed evil, and, secondly, it is an evil of transient duration.
Democracy does not give the people the most skillful government, but it produces what the ablest governments are frequently unable to create: namely, an all-pervading and restless activity, a superabundant force, and an energy which is inseparable from it and which may, however unfavorable circumstances may be, produce wonders.
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America is the only country in which it has been possible to witness the natural and tranquil growth of society, and where the influences exercised on the future condition of states by their origin is clearly distinguishable.
Near enough to the time when the states of America were founded, to be accurately acquainted with their elements, and sufficiently removed from that period to judge of some of their results, the men of our own day seem destined to see further than their predecessors into the series of human events.
In America the principle of the sovereignty of the people is not either barren or concealed, as it is with some other nations; it is recognized by the customs and proclaimed by the laws; it spreads freely, and arrives without impediment at its most remote consequences.
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 Democracy in America: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
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Democracy in America was published in numerous editions in the 19th century 19th century quick summary:
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 Democracy & Religion in America
Further, democracy left to itself tends to surrender liberty to the passion for security and equality, and thus to end in a new soft despotism, tied down with a thousand silken threads by a benign authority.
Underlying the chances of democracy, then, is its faith in the immortality of the human soul, which is the foundation of the concept of human rights and universal dignity.
Fifth, in a democracy such as the United States, Tocqueville observes, religion does not direct the writing of laws or the formation of public opinion in detail, it does direct mores and shape the life of the home.
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 portland imc - 2005.01.31 - Democracy in America: Tocqueville
His report "On Democracy in America" appeared in 1835, was translated in many languages and became a worldwide success.
Democracy in America and the world has certainly assumed a very different form than Tocqueville could predict or fear.
The book "Democracy In America" came about from what he saw in America, and portrayed it as as a marvelous experience - from the first moment he arrived.
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 Democracy in America
Volume I is essentially an account of American democracy in action, while Volume II explores the larger question of the impact of democratic institutions upon a society's entire culture.
Both are valuable for their description of America in the early nineteenth century and for their enduring insights into the fundamental nature of American democracy.
In Volume I, Tocqueville almost seems to marvel at American democracy, writing at length about freedom of the press, the federal system, the concepts of personal rights and liberties in the United States, and decentralization of power through state and local governments.
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 Amazon.com: Democracy in America: Books: Alexis De Tocqueville   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Democracy in America is as accessible to the modern reader as the work of any contemporary journalist, political scientist, or sociologist--and in many cases more so.
Looking at America today, Tocqueville's three securing factors for American democracy are long gone, however, the loss of its guardian angels has not resulted in the materialization of the three dangers and America today is as democratic and free as it has ever being.
Surely, the average American says he loves his democracy, but in the democracy he talks about the percentage of people who vote is far from 100% and even for those who do vote, the thousands of pages of Washington laws and decrees are out of their control.
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 Resource: Democracy in America
Democracy in America, a video course for high school civics teachers covers topics of civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions recommended by The Civics Framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress developed by the U.S. Department of Education.
This program explores the media as an integral part of American democracy, highlighting the scrutiny they impose on the performance of public officials, the interdependence of politics and the media, and the power the media wields in selecting the news.
This program explores the crucial role of strategy in the two-stage electoral campaign system; the opportunities for citizens to choose, organize, and elect candidates who will pursue policies they favor; and the need for campaigns to increase voter turnout by educating citizens about the importance and influence of their vote.
www.learner.org /resources/series173.html   (729 words)

 eBay - Book: Democracy in America (ISBN: 1931082545)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
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 Democracy Now! | Imperial America: Gore Vidal Reflects on the United States of Amnesia
GORE VIDAL: Well, part of imperial America is just sort of a list of the lies that he has told us, and there's a special law against people who lie to the American people, whether they're in the Legislative Branch of the government, Judiciary or the Executive, like the president.
Incidentally, for your listeners, viewers, the word “democracy” is not only never mentioned in the Constitution of the United States, but democracy was something that the founding fathers hated.
So, here we are bringing democracy to the poor Afghans, but only real democracy, of course, is in the prisons, which we have specialized in everywhere.
www.democracynow.org /article.pl?sid=04/06/04/1353259   (3733 words)

 Democracy in America
Being born into a noble family, but at this time being a government employee of the 2nd French republic, is a strong supporter of democracy, which he considers to be an unavoidable conclusion and consequence of the last thousand years of human evolution and in particular an increasing drive towards equality.
He argues that by observing the state of affairs in America, one can evaluate the merits of Democracy without the distortions brought about by violent revolutions and a host of old traditions as it it was the case in Europe.
He postulates equality to be the essential driver in any democratic system - equality leading to democracy and democracy favoring equality - and argues how the mechanisms and guiding principles at work affect all aspects of public and private life - how people think, feel, behave and act.
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 Democracy In America
Democracy has always been a very important issue in America; as the nation grew and progressed, so did the type of democracy and the definition of it.
Democracy is a method for making political decisions; it is what makes the country distinguished, powerful and is the basis for American success.
There are seven key principles that satisfy a democracy, which includes: equality in voting, effective participation, enlightened understanding, citizen control of the agenda, inclusion, rule of decision, and representation.
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 Deliberative Democracy in America by Ethan J. Leib
The central principle of deliberative democracy can be summarized as follows: “At the heart of the deliberative conception of democracy is the view that collective decision-making is to proceed deliberatively—by citizens advancing proposals and defending them with considerations that others, who are themselves free and equal, can acknowledge as reasons” (Cohen and Sabel 1997, 327).
The distortion of money can make democracy a joke; the masses serve as the marionettes of money managers and make decisions that cannot help but help the capitalists, who are very good at convincing others that their fate is wholly tied to the strength of the economy and, in turn, the strength of the capitalists.
If this is indeed the problem, deliberative democracy may, after all, be a viable solution that encourages institutional redesign from within the general framework we already have in place.
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 ipedia.com: Democracy in America Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Democracy in America is a classic text by Alexis de Tocqueville on the United States in the 1830s and its strengths and weaknesses.
Democracy in America (1835) is a classic text by Alexis de Tocqueville on the United States in the 1830s and its strengths and weaknesses.
Of the many travelers who visited America and wrote down their impressions, none has been considered as perceptive as Alexis de Tocqueville, and none of their works has had such an enduring impact, not only explaining Jacksonian America to Europeans, but to Americans as well.
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 GBN: Democracy in America   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
This work was written fifteen years ago with a mind constantly preoccupied by a single thought: the thought of the approaching irresistible and universal spread of democracy throughout the world.
America's conquests are made with the plowshare, Russia's with the sword.
If ever freedom is lost in America, that will be due to the omnipotence of the majority driving the minorities to desperation and forcing them to appeal to physical force.
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 Democracy in America-Not
One must go to the second to last chapter of his great political commentary "Democracy in America" to understand DeTocqueville's greatest warning to the new age.
Democracy is not a tyranny of the majority.
The above quotations are from "Democracy in America", by Alexis DeTocqueville, Specially Edited and Abridged for the Modern Reader by Richard D. Heffner, published by the New American Library, New York and Toronto, 1956.
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 Tocqueville: Democracy in America
He would eventually rise far in the French government, but his study of American democracy and institutions remains perhaps the most prescient analysis of the United States ever written and one of the first studies to accurately diagnose the newer phenomenon of the modern world.
America was characterized above everything else by "equality of condition"; for Tocqueville, every institution, every action, every belief that Americans had could be reduced to this one common denominator.
He saw Europe as tending in the direction of "equality of condition" though not doing so quite as rapidly as happened in America; he meant his study to be a vision of what Europe would become as it slouched towards modernity in its halting fashion.
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 Library of America: Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America
Democracy in America (1835-40) is arguably the most perceptive and influential book ever written about American politics and society.
In Democracy in America he vividly describes the unprecedented "equality of conditions" found in the United States and explores its implications for European society in the emerging modern era.
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 Why Democracy Failed in America
So the failure of democracy in the United States was a foregone conclusion, from that time on.
This system we call "democracy," and which was actually set up as a republic, could stand only when men where principled enough to make it stand.
In contemporary America, politicians debate issues that are essentially meaningless, eschewing dialog about the issues the concern the voters; and we let them get away with it.
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 Democracy in America
First, there will be a state of perpetual war, leading to more terrorism against Americans wherever they may be and a spreading reliance on nuclear weapons among smaller nations as they try to ward off the imperial juggernaut.
Second is a loss of democracy and Constitutional rights as the presidency eclipses Congress and is itself transformed from a co-equal 'executive branch' of government into a military junta.
Third is the replacement of truth by propaganda, disinformation, and the glorification of war, power, and the military legions.
www.thirdworldtraveler.com /Democracy_America/Democracy_America.html   (1674 words)

 CNN -- Democracy in America
One of the great strengths of religion in America is that it is supported by voluntary contributions from believers who often go the extra mile to keep their house of worship solvent.
In America, students can use their Pell Grants and veterans can use their G.I. Bill funds to attend religious colleges.
Pitted against parents and children are some of the most powerful special interest groups in America, the teachers unions and their allies.
www.cnn.com /SPECIALS/2000/democracy/privateschools.publicmoney/views   (1897 words)

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I have remarked that universal suffrage is far from producing in America either all the good or all the evil consequences which may be expected from it in Europe, and that its effects generally differ very much from those which are attributed to it.
Moreover, democracy not only lacks that soundness of judgment which is necessary to select men really deserving of their confidence, but often have not the desire or the inclination to find them out.
While the natural instincts of democracy induce the people to reject distinguished citizens as their rulers, an instinct not less strong induces able men to retire from the political arena, in which it is so difficult to retain their independence, or to advance without becoming servile.
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 PBS: Think Tank: Transcript for "Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America"
Tocqueville was convinced that there were many pitfalls along the road to democracy and that it could lead just as easily to terror and tyranny as it could to peace and prosperity.
But his greatest impression was of a young and vibrant democracy expanding westward, and he believed that the American experience held the key to the future of democratic governance around the world.
Whereas in America with our tradition of association, with our history beginning with the Puritans, and with our New England townships, we have democratic practices — actual, uh, actual practice and participation in democracy that, uh, areĀ…are much better than the democratic theories on their own.
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