De Tocqueville Essays

  • Alexis de Tocqueville?s Influence

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    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

  • Pros And Cons De Tocqueville

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    that many seek out of the United States is the equality and natural rights bestowed upon all in the Bill of Rights. Alexis de Tocqueville, a French diplomat, wrote about the United States and the basic founding principles of its democracy as well as how the people of America utilize their rights to create a better common good for everyone. The communal effort, to Tocqueville, symbolized an equality of conditions that would slowly filter itself into law, creating laws for the betterment of society

  • Political Freedom: Arendt and de Tocqueville

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    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

  • Legally Blonde 2 and De Tocqueville

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    back to counter her bill, and of course Elle woods is the hero. This movie shows how one person can make a difference in democracy. The idea that “society governs itself for itself” (De Tocqueville, 51) is called popular sovereignty and was created by Alexis De Tocqueville. In his book, Democracy in America, De Tocqueville describes how America had the perfect democracy in the mid 19th century, when he wrote this book. He explains how true democracy uses popular sovereignty to create an ideal political

  • The Common Good in Hobbes, De Tocqueville and Marx

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    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

  • Alexis De Tocqueville Democracy In America

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    In the book, Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville discusses a wide range of topics, with a prevalent topic being American attitudes and the democratic values of equality and freedom. But, there are some threats to the ideal democracy everyone visualizes when they think of America. These are mass society, democratic despotism and extremes of wealth and poverty. Tocqueville suggests multiple solutions to these issues, such as increasing judiciary power, utilizing social institutions to increase

  • Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America

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    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

  • Compare And Contrast Adam Smith And De Tocqueville

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    The idea of freedom and equality usually go hand-in-hand, especially when talking about the freedom and equality within society. As Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville express these ideas within their works, it is clear to see that they both highlight different aspects of what they understand about modern society in relation to freedom and equality. In Smith’s The Wealth of Nations he defines liberty as freedom from constraint. From this he suggests to limit government involvement within the market

  • Plato, Alexis De Tocqueville And Frederick Douglass

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    education, depending on their situation as well as success in executing his education in an effective way. Yet while some political philosophers adopted this correlation, others did not, and some even stray form it. Three such men were Plato, Alexis de Tocqueville and Frederick Douglass. In Plato’s Republic, we receive the sense that Plato was not trying to create a democratic society, but a just and efficient one. In such society, Plato constructed three such ‘classes’ to categorize his citizens. The political

  • Aleus De Tocqueville Democracy And Democratic Society

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    In Democracy in America, Alexis De Tocqueville argues that the women and families in Aristocratic and Democratic societies have substantial distinctive characteristics in terms of livelihood. According to Tocqueville, the state of government affiliated with Americans also defined its people. He issued a negative view of Americans, created by their party affiliation. After examining the influence of a democratic society on the American people, he concluded that “ equality of conditions modifies the

  • Essay On Alexis De Tocqueville Equality Of Conditions

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    there is hardly an important event in the last seven hundred years which has not turned out to be advantageous for equality.”(11) Democracy, or as defined by Alexis De Tocqueville “equality of conditions” arose due to various seemingly unrelated events; which played an immense role in shaping the world we live in today. Tocqueville accentuates the parallel between the rise of democracy and the formation of equality, which arose due to the disintegration of aristocracy as well as the establishment

  • American Democracy Alexis De Tocqueville Summary

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    Alexis de Tocqueville and Allan Bloom As the pursuit for equality consumes the minds of free people, the benefits of a democratic life become more memorable, rather than the discipline that allows freedom to blossom. Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman studying the American democracy in the early nineteenth century discussed in his work, Democracy in America, what where the important details that enabled the United States to be a successful and healthy society. The observations of Tocqueville on American

  • Freedom for African Americans in Democracy in the America by Alexis de Tocqueville

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    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

  • The Political Ethos of the Civil Society

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    The Political Ethos of the Civil Society ABSTRACT: Totalitarian political systems in the socialist countries of Eastern Europe destroyed and repressed the civil society that used to exist in them. The authoritarian and totalitarian ethos was formed under a powerful influence of ideologies of the communist parties and politocracy in these countries so that the political ethos of politicians dominated the political ethos of the citizen. The breakdown of the real socialism and its unsuccessful

  • Role of Women

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    Alexis De Tocqueville, Holly Dover, and Christina Hoff Sommers, tackle the myth of the role of women in society and what the role of women should be according to them. De Tocqueville De Tocqueville was a French aristocrat who came to America to study the American penal system. Coming from a European society he was struck by the way Americans understood the equality of the sexes. He published his book Democracy in America in 1835, which is from where our excerpt came from. De Tocqueville seems very

  • Navigating Interstitial Spaces

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    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

  • From Individualism to Unionism: The Changing Meaning of Freedom in America

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    From Individualism to Unionism: The Changing Meaning of Freedom in America In 1893, when Frederick Jackson Turner delivered his speech on the significance of frontier at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, he was addressing an audience that had witnessed the drastic changes that swept through the country over the past sixty or so years. The United States had gone from the agrarian nation of Jefferson’s vision—one with a relatively balanced division of wealth, a population of homogenous

  • Democracy Verses The Red Machine

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    absolute monarchies of PhillipII to the dictatorships of Sadam Hussein. Some political institutions have even stood out and have taken center stage in political theses. Two successful institutions that follow this criteria include democracy, backed by de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and communism, as written in Marx’s Communist Manifesto. While both these aspects of politics have enjoyed ample success, there is no possible way both these worlds can coexist and function because democracy has exceptionally

  • Robert Hughes' Culture of Complaint: the Fraying of American

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    rather complain than change. Instead of analyzing the problem of American culture, Hughes attempts to present himself as an ideal critic, scholar, and journalist. He seems more concerned with reputation that academics. Like the work of Alexis de Tocqueville, which has remained the benchmark for the study of American culture since the 1830s, Hughes wants his theories to become widely read and universally accepted. Some of Culture of Complaint is interesting and insightful, however, Hughes comes off

  • Democracy in America

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    failed?”1 A brilliant young historian from France devoted a major portion of his life to answer this world changing mystery. Alexis de Tocqueville revealed to Europe, which characteristics instilled in American democracy must be modeled in order to construct a proper institution of government in any nation. He did this in his work, Democracy in America. Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Paris on July 29, 1805. Tocqueville’s father was a royalist prefect from Normandy who supported the Boubon monarchy