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Comparing Alexis Tocqueville and Karl Marx - Comparing Alexis Tocqueville and Karl Marx Writing in the 1830s Tocqueville saw democracy as the way of the future, and envisioned a world where revolutions would be rare. Yet writing not long after that, with a thorough knowledge of Tocqueville, Marx predicted a season of revolutions. The difference between these two views comes from a different take on the effect that the economy has on people. Both men saw the economy as producing an almost economically equal majority. For Tocqueville this majority was fairly well-off and had the ability to seek individual happiness through material wellbeing, without concern to control the government....   [tags: Politics Political Essays Tocqueville Marx Essays]
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Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America - Democracy in America has been a guiding principle since the foundation of the country. Many over the years have commented on the structure and formation of democracy but more importantly the implementation and daily function within the democratic parameters that have been set. Alexis de Tocqueville was a French political thinker and historian born July 29, 1805. He is most famously known for his work Democracy in America. Democracy in America has been an evolving social and economic reform, and has continually changed since it’s founding....   [tags: Political Science]
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Materialism and Religion in Alexis De Tocqueville's Democracy in America - In Democracy in America, Alexis De Tocqueville explains the dangers of democracy and explains the virtues that temper these dangers. In this paper, I will look at two issues Tocqueville discussed extensively in late 19th century American democracy and posit what Tocqueville may say about these issues today. The points I will discuss are materialism and religion. In a democracy, such as America, the individual’s opportunity to succeed makes him more likely to become attached to material and money....   [tags: Social Analysis, Instant Gratification] 1477 words
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Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville - The Consideration of Democracy, Blacks, and Slavery Tocqueville, in Democracy in America, dwells on the strengths and weaknesses of American democracy. When discussing race relations, he recognizes that the presence of the black race in America and the occupation of blacks in slavery could threaten the continuation of the United States as a Union and a republic. As a Union, the United States could be torn apart by the disparities between the North and the South and tensions between blacks and whites....   [tags: race relations, blacks, slavery]
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Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America 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 most Americans, which in turn cultivated a strong sense of individualism. Tocqueville believed that this individualism would soon "sap the virtue of public life" (395) and create a despotism of selfishness....   [tags: American America History] 967 words
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Alexis de Tocqueville?s Influence - Alexis de Tocqueville’s Influence Alexis de Tocqueville’s observation of the American prison system brought out several interesting facts about America and how it governs itself. He talks of the danger of greed for money, the importance of forming associations, and the power of influence in town government. Although many of his observations have since changed, many of them bring about legitimate points about American government and society. In de Tocqueville’s book Democracy in America, he is quoted as saying, “…I know of no other country where love of money has such a grip on men’s hearts or where stronger scorn is expressed for the theory of permanent equality of property.” In my op...   [tags: essays research papers] 592 words
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American Traditional Politics: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville - The backbone to the American way of life that numerous generations have come to grow and love is based upon the principle that no matter your stature, no matter your beliefs, no matter your positioning, everyone is equal and posses the same abilities and rights of that of their neighbor. No man is far superior to the next and each has the freedom to aspire to their own goals and their own plans. Many, like myself, believe and support that equality as well as liberty are vital features to a sustainable democracy....   [tags: equality, liberty, democracy]
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Freedom for African Americans in Democracy in the America by Alexis de Tocqueville - In Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, much is said on the great freedoms experienced by whites, but little does it mention the freedoms experienced by free blacks at the time. It does, however, give a small glimpse of it. In his book, de Tocqueville describes his conversation with an inhabitant of Pennsylvania. He questioned the man, asking how a state founded on Quaker principles could deny a free black to vote. When the man denied such accusation, de Tocqueville asked why no Negro was then seen at the polls that morning....   [tags: freedom, free blacks]
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Taxation and Equality: Examining the Foundations of the French Revolution - In discussing how Revolutions begin, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville once stated, “...the most critical moment for bad governments is the one which witnesses their first steps toward reform.”1 There is no greater example of this than the French Revolution. Although the French Monarchy survived for many years, many within the government knew that the structure was growing bankrupt, and knew that the only solution to this would come through reforms which would pay their debts off in a way that would not burden their taxpayers, the Third estate....   [tags: Alexis de Tocqueville, France's debt crisis]
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Democracy in America - Democracy in America By: Alexis De Tocqueville Democracy in America, by Alexis De Tocqueville is a book about how the American States and the federal government would grow politically and socially under the umbrella of democracy.      Alexis De Tocqueville sees the United States as a unique entity because of how and why it started as well as its geographical location. Alexis De Tocqueville explains that the foundations of the democratic process in America are completely different from anywhere else on the globe....   [tags: Alexis De Tocqueville Politics essays papers] 656 words
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Legally Blonde 2 and De Tocqueville - What do you do when no one wants to change something that you see as a problem. In Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde, Elle Woods decides to change the problem of animal testing when no one else will. Elle takes the initiative after looking for the mother of her chihuahua, Bruiser, so she could invite her to Elle’s wedding. She finds out that Bruiser's mom is trapped at the V.E.R.S.A.C.E. company as a test animal. Instead of planning her wedding, which is what she was currently involved in, Elle goes to Washington D.C....   [tags: Character Analysis, Elle Woods] 1869 words
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Comparative Essay: Tocqueville vs. Ortiz Cofer - In the essay “How the Americans Understand the Equality of the Sexes” written by Alexis de Tocqueville and the personal narrative “The Story of My Body” written by Judith Ortiz Cofer, both authors compare some social values from their hometown to those of America. In his essay, the European author Alexis de Tocqueville goes to America to examine the social position of American women and compares the equality of sexes between the two countries. From his observation, he concludes that unlike the status of women in Europe, American women are morally and intellectually equal as men despite the difference of their gender roles....   [tags: Article Analysis ]
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Alexis deTocqueville - Alexis deTocqueville Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Paris on July 29th, 1805. Growing up in Metz, France, the youngest child of Hervé Tocqueville and Mlle. De Rosanbo, he showed great intellectual promise from his earliest days. By the age of 16, his academic career was a brilliant one, his schoolwork earning him a special prize and two first prizes. He was an avid reader, reading books hardly accessible to a boy of his young age. It was during these years that he developed his critical thinking and reasoning skills that would serve him so well later in life....   [tags: Papers] 2499 words
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De Tocqueville - Alexis De Tocqueville, Democracy in America Aristocracy 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 necessary. His position may have some basis, however I have yet to see the “upside'; of a caste system or a good defense of it. De Tocqueville believes that aristocracy provides stability and fellowship....   [tags: essays research papers] 1258 words
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Political Freedom: Arendt and de Tocqueville - Political Freedom: Arendt and de Tocqueville Freedom in America emanates from the state of political freedom held by the citizens. Both Hannah Arendt and Alexis de Tocqueville provide criticism of the apparent shape freedom maintains in America as well as insight regarding how they perceive true political freedom. By using the observations and criticisms of de Tocqueville and the vision of Arendt, the position of modern America and its relation to the ideals of political freedom can be understood....   [tags: Papers] 1450 words
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The Common Good in Hobbes, De Tocqueville and Marx - The Common Good in Hobbes, De Tocqueville and Marx Political philosophies are those theories and ideas that seek to study the impact of various political idealisms on society, and their impact in the shaping of social, political, and economic ideas. The questions which political philosophy seeks to turn its attention towards range from describing what the state of Man actually is at the existential level, to the types of social regimes, which are necessary to tame and organise that nature. In this context, there is a measure of truth in the suggestion that the answers, or visions they give are not, necessarily, entirely original....   [tags: Philosophy Politics Papers] 2748 words
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Navigating Interstitial Spaces - Navigating Interstitial Spaces “[T]he law permits the Americans to do what they please.” Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America The protection of virtue, I submit, requires an understanding of interstitial spaces—spaces where formalist adherence to rules and laws does not suffice to adequately promote virtue. Recognition of these spaces spawned agent morality and Aristotle’s practical wisdom. Fascination with these spaces fueled Alexis de Tocqueville’s inquiry into American religious, familial and political mores in Democracy in America....   [tags: Democracy American Tocqueville Essays]
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Insights On De Tocquevilles Democracy In America - Insights on De Tocqueville's Democracy In America It has been said that a French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville, who visited the United States in the 1830's, "understood us" in a way that few observers (foreign and domestic) have. Furthermore, Tocqueville's Democracy in America is often cited by present-day critics because so many of the observations in it seem extraordinarily suitable even more than one hundred and fifty years later. Alexis de Tocqueville was born 1805 into a minor noble family, in which his grandfather had been guillotined during the French Revolution....   [tags: essays research papers] 700 words
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De Tocquevilles "democracy In America" - 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. De Tocqueville explains that the foundations of the democratic process in America are completely different from anywhere else on the globe. The land was virginal and the colonies had almost complete sovereignty from England from the very beginning because they were separated by an ocean and financial troubles....   [tags: essays research papers] 2172 words
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Alex de Tocqueville's Teachings on Inequality and Poverty in the United States - French social philosopher, Alex de Tocqueville (1805-1889), once said, “However energetically society in general may strive to make all citizens equal and alike, the personal pride of each individual will always make him try to escape from the common level, and he will form some inequality somewhere to his own profit.” Through the ages, income inequality has caused class conflict, created political systems (communism), and has simultaneously promoted vast increases in wealth and technological advances....   [tags: Alex de Tocqueville, Inequality, USA] 2380 words
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Analysis of Aaron Alexis's Case - Aaron Alexis’s case could have been avoided if gun laws had been more reliable. Investigators believe that the victims of Aaron Alexis, the navy yard shooter, were selected at random because there was no evidence that a single event triggered Alexis’s violent outburst. Alexis shot twelve people with no indication of a motive. (Hermann) What he did have, though, was a mental illness. He had showed signs of psychosis, but never received any treatment. (Tanfani) Police knew about his delusions and were worried about them; however, there were no reports that he had been hospitalized, although he spent time in the Veterans Affairs Hospital for Insomnia....   [tags: navy yard shooting,mass violence, gun control]
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Tocqueville on the Role of Women in Society - Introduction The belief of Tocqueville that women plays a critical role in societal shaping cannot be separated from his emphasis on the importance for good values and mores to maintain and achieve social prosperity and stability, especially in a democracy. According to Tocqueville, the term mores referred to the various notions that men possessed the different opinions, and the total ideas that shape the mental habits. In the estimation of Tocqueville, mores forms one of the large general causes that are responsible for the democratic republic maintenance in the United States....   [tags: sociological analysis] 1291 words
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Tocqueville´s Faults of Democracy in America - Tocqueville was a Frenchman who was interested in America and its democratic design. He spoke of his observations about America in his book, Democracy in America. Tocqueville’s attitudes towards Americans seem to be very appreciative. He saw democracy as a perfect balance between freedom and equality. Yet, while he is appreciative, he is also quite critical of some of the effects of democracy in America. Tocqueville believed that there were some faults with democracy and states them in his book....   [tags: democtatic, freedom, equality, design] 846 words
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Politics in the 19th Century - In the 19th century, the political climate could be closely related to a tooth gritting earthquake or a tremendous volcanic eruption. As Europe transitioned into Romanticism, socialists and classical liberals started rising from all over Europe with many different ideas. In America, slavery and social reforms were a hotbed of debate sparking many controversy’s, one of which almost lead to the secession of South Carolina. No one besides Charles Fourier, Alexis de Tocqueville, and John C. Calhoun represented the potent cocktail of varying social ideas and political theory of the 19th century better....   [tags: Philosophers, Socialism, Liberalism, Conservatism]
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Alexis Walker - Oral Interp. of Lit. Occupation: Married a rich older man, so I basically sit around and do nothing all day. Health: Smoker and boozer since eight Nationality: Black and beautiful Where do you live: New York, New York. I’m from the lovely borrow called Queens. I’m upper class, wealthy, rich, and all that jazz. My pent house looks over the city and I laugh at all the poor weaklings I see below. Family: I rid my parents off long ago. I have three stepchildren, but I couldn’t tell you there names, I just don’t care....   [tags: essays research papers] 448 words
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A Balance for Equality - Imagine a clown. The clown is juggling three balls-- a red one, a blue one, and a white one. Suddenly, one ball drops. Only two balls are thrown into the air. The audience murmurs and the clown gets nervous. The audience has seen people juggling two balls; it is nothing amazing. Some people become disinterested and get up and leave. The clown loses its support from the audience. Then, a second ball drops and only one ball is being tossed up into the air. It is not considered juggling. Anybody could do that if they wanted to....   [tags: juggling government, religion, individual] 1375 words
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The Virtues and Vices of Democratic Governments According to Tocqueville - The Virtues and Vices of Democratic Governments According to Tocqueville Democracy in America was written by Tocqueville to see how such a stable and prosperous democracy as America worked and to see why attempts at democratic government in France had failed so disastrously. The theme of the (often disorganised) book that emerges is how liberty is best preserved in the midst of the growing equality of conditions present in America. Tocqueville outlines many of the advantages he sees in democracy from the point of view of a French liberal....   [tags: Papers] 1572 words
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Equality vs The Tyranny of Majority - “Tyranny of Majority” is a phenomenon in a democratic society where decisions are made by the majority group and the decision oppresses the minority group, comparable to that of tyrants. The term was first used by John Adams in 1781. 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 tragedy....   [tags: Democracy and Equality]
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Constitutionalism: The Tyranny Of The Majority - In this excerpt from Democracy in America Alexis Tocqueville expresses his sentiments about the United States democratic government. Tocqueville believes the government's nature exists in the absolute supremacy of the majority, meaning that those citizens of the United States who are of legal age control legislation passed by the government. However, the power of the majority can exceed its limits. Tocqueville believed that the United States was a land of equality, liberty, and political wisdom....   [tags: essays research papers] 371 words
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Evolution of the Market Economy: Jobs - The evolution of the market economy began during the pre-industrial era and ended roughly, by the end of the industrial revolution. The nature of labor drastically changed for the American workers and slaves, specifically in Philadelphia. Society was predominantly based on artisan work up until the emergence of the division of labor. Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville have different opinions on how it effected the development of labor in America. While Smith celebrated the division of labor, Tocqueville was less sanguine about it....   [tags: Labor]
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Minority Rule in America - Minority Rule in America Alexis 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 part of that is true. 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....   [tags: Papers] 389 words
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Is Democracy the Best Governing Model for Developing Countries in Asia? - According to Alexis De Tocqueville (1843), democracy allows for equal rights and liberty within a country, through several means: compulsory primary education, freedom of speech through townships, and the establishment of a jury. Referring specifically to America, Tocqueville notes that nations that are accustomed to free institutions and municipal government are better able to found prosperous colonies. The habit of thinking and governing for oneself is indispensable in a new country (Tocqueville, 1843, p....   [tags: corruption, south korea, democracy, freedom]
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Democracy in America - In the nineteenth century, when the influences of a recent democratic society began to spread among the Americans, the equality of gender, the role of women, and the family began to change into an individualistic culture. In the United States, democracy opens up new beliefs on equality among the role of gender. In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville argues on how Americans were able to see the roles of gender more equally important than the Europeans. The Americans recognize the roles of the women and men important in being part as a contribution in the community....   [tags: Politics, Women, Equality] 1288 words
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History of the Federal Estate Tax and its Relationship to De Tocqueville's Views - Benjamin Franklin, wise man that he was, indicated the only two things we cannot avoid are death and taxes and in some cases when you die is when you are taxed the most. To understand the "Federal Estate Tax" one must understand how it started. The Estate Tax in its earliest form was instituted in 1916 at that time it was called an "Inheritance Tax" and this tax was levied against the beneficiary of the estate. In most cases this tax was levied against people, whom could least afford this type of tax....   [tags: Politics] 666 words
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Communitarian Balanced as a Vital Instrument of Liberty - Liberty is an important concept that has existed since antiquity. It has been ceaselessly debated throughout history. Liberty, itself, is usually defined as the state of being free, that is, within society from oppressive limitations established by authority on the way of life, behavior or political views. John Stuart Mill, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Karl Heinrich Marx are significant contributors to the understanding of liberty and its ramifications in social, economic, and political life. Even though, they have different perspectives on liberty....   [tags: Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, Society]
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The Evolution of the Market Economy: Jobs - Evolution of the Market Economy: Jobs The evolution of the market economy began during the pre-industrial era and ended roughly, by the end of the industrial revolution. Throughout this time, the nature of labor drastically changed for the American workers and slaves, specifically in Philadelphia. Society was predominantly based off artisan work up until the emergence of the division of labor. Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville have different opinions on how it affected the development of labor in America....   [tags: Economics]
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Democracy in America - Since the middle ages, corporatism has taken a leading role in countries by involving different organizations into a group of people to develop cooperative associations on the basis of shared interests. In Europe, corporatism was the main objective of people in a country. For example, Lewis Mumford note that the basic society "was based on classes and ranks" and there was no guaranteeing demand through security and no power that did not recognize the legal obligations of a corporate profile (Mumford)....   [tags: Politics, Cooperative Associations] 1555 words
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Reigning In Hermits: The Conflict Between Individualism and Participation - Reigning In Hermits: The Conflict Between Individualism and Participation In the wake of Enlightenment thinkers like Hobbes and Locke, who asserted the primacy of the individual as the possessor of rights and emphasized the resulting legal equality of all men, the question arose of how an individual who originates in a state of nature interacts with society. Early 19th Century writers had an advantage in answering this question over the original thinkers in the form of a grand experiment in Enlightenment theory currently being conducted in America....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1545 words
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Dog and the Presidency - One could argue that there are two distinct perspectives with regard to the British constitution, the false impression that no such provision exists, and the factual awareness that indeed it does. The French political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville famously termed the notion of a British constitution as "non existent", personifying typically British consensus today. In reality of-course there is a British constitution, in the sense that there is a collection of basic rules and principles, according to which Britain is governed....   [tags: Free Essays] 431 words
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America's Path to Independence - America was colonized by Great Britain in the 18th century. They gained their independence in 1776 and from there became a new, independent country in charge of themselves. However, they were still dependent politically, economically, and culturally on Europe. But, by 1830 America became independent politically by setting up their own government, economically with a foundation based on capitalists, and culturally by creating a new culture defined by new ways of speaking and behavior. Democracy became the foundation of America, unlike the monarchies all around the world, leading America to be the only successful democratic government of the time....   [tags: democracy, economy, culture]
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Perception of American Exceptionalism - Americans through the years of existence have adapted well to the radical changes throughout the world. Technology, independence and social equality are some of the diverse concepts the United States have adapted to and developed in order to become a more unified country. Our nation believes that it is exceptional when it comes to other countries worldwide. As can be shown through the popular reference to America as the ‘shining city on a hill’. The term “American exceptionalism” is derived from ideals held by many Americans throughout history....   [tags: US Politics Identity ]
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Democracy in America - Democracy in America "After 37 days at sea aboard Le Havre, Tocqueville and Beaumont landed in Newport, Rhode Island on May 9. The journey had been rough, and the passengers and crew had little to eat or drink during the final days. Indeed, the passengers requested that they be allowed to disembark in Newport once it became obvious that fierce winds would prevent the ship from reaching New York as scheduled. I confess that in America I saw more than America; I sought the image of democracy itself, with its inclinations, its character, its prejudices, and its passions, in order to learn what we have to fear or hope from its progress." ~ Alexis de Tocqueville....   [tags: Papers] 824 words
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America: Land of Opportunity or Land of the Wealthy in Occupy Wall Street - ... 27 Feb. 2014. <http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_founding_fathers_overview.html>. “Federalists and Republicans.” Federal Judicial Center. Federal Judicial Center, n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. <http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/tu_sedbio_fr.html>. Fisher, Max. “Map: U.S. Ranks Near Bottom on Income Inequality.” The Atlantic. The Atlantic, 19 Sept. 2011. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. <http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/09/map-us-ranks-near-bottom-on-income-inequality/245315/>....   [tags: economy, financial, inequality]
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Marx’s Communist Manifesto and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness - Marx’s Communist Manifesto and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness      From social relationships to political power structures, all aspects of society were changed by the technology innovations of the industrial revolution. Manufacturing goods on a mass scale led to the development of an entirely new worker who’s success now depended on his ability to operate machines rather than his talent as a craftsman. The steam engine revolutionized modes of transportation: trains and railroads were implemented everywhere and steamboats facilitated cross-oceanic trade and exploration....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Decline of the American Dream - On a brisk September day in 2011, in the commercial district of Manhattan Island, a minute protest in Liberty Square commenced against the fiscal atrocities committed by economic establishments leading to the financial crisis and subsequent economic recession in 2007 and 2008. Over the course of the month, the movement protesting the miscarriage of justice and democracy following the economic catastrophe and the overall inequitable and unfair wealth distribution diffused to over 100 American cities as well as 1,500 cities worldwide....   [tags: American Dream in Decline]
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Who Would Rule? - Who Would Rule. In the book, The Spiral Road, author, Huang Shu-min makes an observation during his stay in Lin Village. The comment ignites a counter-response from his counterpart, Party Secretary Ye. Little do they know, this comment ignites a debate between the writings of many authors accredited with thorough political knowledge. Alexis de Tocqueville of the 19th century had the most accurate insight on the relationship between human economic and/or and human liberty. The writings of the remaining authors also fuse together to form a generalized theory about the freedom of less-developed societies in China....   [tags: Papers] 1223 words
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Democracy in America - Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville gives what appears as an unbiased opinion of what the new America looks like through his eyes and travels around the country. He begins with reflections of the American landscape describing the oceans, mountains and even the fertility of the soil. He states that the one dominate feature about the social condition of the Anglo-Americans dominates all others, that being democracy. He gives me the impression, that though he is impressed with our patriotic values, he is jealous and unsure of what to make of it being that there has been no other form of government in existence in the modern world....   [tags: Papers] 333 words
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The Federal Protectionism of Minority Rights in the United States - Thomas Jefferson, in his 1801 First Inaugural Address for President of the United States of America, stated, “All . . . will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect and to violate would be oppression (Inaugural Addresses, 1989).” Jefferson was not alone in this thinking. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and others understood that the unbridled power of the majority, which is the life-blood of a democracy, could be easily used to ignore or degrade the rights of a minority group....   [tags: Civil Rights]
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Democracy in America - Democracy in America Throughout the course of history, mankind has been recorded to corrupt itself. Men have grown tired of simply surviving; they have had to take and conquer others. Absolute monarchies control wealth, land, and even lives of men. The conditions of the people were solely dependent on the conditions of the one who was in power in that particular place and time. History has proven that most men rule unwisely in their kingdoms. To avoid tyrannical rule, some make an attempt to set up a government in which the people ruled themselves....   [tags: History Historical Democratic Government Essays] 2000 words
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Uncle Sam: Constantly Controlling American Culture - Our founding fathers warned the American people that if too much power was handed to bureaucratic officials, they would manipulate the public in order to fulfill their objectives. As American history progresses, autocratic officials continue to cover their political agendas through the use of mass media and other forms of entertainment. Many Americans are currently absorbed with their own desires and do not notice their leisure activities are laced with government propaganda. In return individuals effortlessly accept fads, trends, and cultures that the government privately conditions us to follow due to bureaucratic officials fashioning us to believe that those inclinations are from our own...   [tags: america, government, demise] 1847 words
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