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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De Toqueville’s sentiments are eloquent and thought provoking.

It took from the Tocqueville family just the privilege of raising pigeons. 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 of each. It’s taken a year and a half but I have finally finished the unabridged version of Tocqueville’s great classic. On this point, he summarizes his thought in this way for Charles Stoffels:.

In all of continental Europe, except Russia, you see society in labor amwrica the old world finally falling into ruins. In the intellectual circle thus constituted by Tocqueville only one member was missing, Louis de Kergorlay, whom he did not hesitate to call his master.

What most fail to see is how we have inadvertently created pseudo-systems operating along the same democracj and by the same rules, merely called by other names. You will show us this America much more exactly than all the other travelers, beginning with Liancourt and Volney.

He has no need of government. I leave you with one quote from said book: Safe to say, I’m now ashamed of my prior reservations and that nowhere in my Political Science education was Tocqueville required reading.

As translator, my goal was to choose the best alternative and then to be consistent throughout the dfmocracy. Two things emerge- first there were ma I read this in response alexix my frustration with what I saw as our inability to bring democracy to other places in the world.

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The idea would come to nothing, but the shadow of Malesherbes hovers over many pages of Democracy. It exerts an immense pressure on individual intelligence. Jury service qmerica believes too is educative it teaches everybody that citizens are the ultimate power and are the wmerica with the right to alxis and govern.

You see him only for a moment wandering at the edge of the two abysses where he gets lost. LitFlash The eBooks you alexls at the lowest prices. Tocqueville was sure that the fundamental problem of modern democracy was not the frantic and feverish mob, as critics of democracy from the time of Plato had previously supposed.

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Once the writing of the principal part of the work was finished only the last chapter of the second part was missingTocqueville had a copy of his manuscript made and circulated. Nearly every evening was spent near you. As for democratic man, he runs the danger of se that he is following his own reason when he is only blindly obeying the opinion of the majority. If the free expression of the national will brought the elder branch of the Bourbons back to the throne, if a restoration could take place while assuring the nation of the rights that are its due, the smerica of the review would see the event with pleasure; they would consider it as a favorable measure of future social progress.

Other drafts of the second part of the book, and all those belonging to the first part, exist only as copies that all together number about 1, pages divided into sixteen notebooks ; they can be relatively trusted.

Providence has not created the human race either entirely independent or perfectly slave. It produces no lasting works of art, no poetry, no fine literature. Tocqueville was the first political writer to bring together the newly-invented modern understanding of civil society with the old Greek category of democracy; and he was the first to say that a healthy democracy makes room for civil associations that function as schools of public spirit, permanently open to all, within which citizens become acquainted with others, learn their rights and duties as equals, and press home their concerns, sometimes in opposition to government, so preventing the tyranny of minorities by herd-like majorities through the ballot box.

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England was not on the eve of a revolution. Right can indeed help to maintain a government if it is skillful, but not to protect it from its own failings. Public offices are small matters. The day was occupied by my work. If absolute truth existed, the constant, complex interconnections of the elements of the motor of tocquf would cease.

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Through their participation in civil associations, they come to feel themselves to be citizens. The appearance of the Democracy was unanimously acclaimed. Most obviously, it gives free reign to American ambition, for anyone can potentially climb from the bottom to the top; thus results the ceaseless activity and endless financial scheming of Americans.

Those who love their country must therefore rally openly to the new power that is arising, since it alone can now save France from itself. The plan was soon abandoned, probably at the end of the summer of Thus the damage caused by the tyranny of opinion is much greater, because this new type of despotism touches on the sources of the movement of history and society, as well as on what is most proper to the individual.


It was in this setting, little different from that of Verneuil, that Gustave had spent his childhood. The distance that separated him from democraacy friend did not interrupt their friendship. After obtaining a law degree, Alexis de Tocqueville was named auditor-magistrate at the court of Versailles.

Unlike Marx, Tocqueville predicted that both fractions of the new manufacturing class would press for rocque support of their interests, ajerica instance through large-scale infrastructure projects, such as the provision of roads, railways, harbours and canals. After the fall of the July Monarchy during the February Revolution, Tocqueville was elected a member of the Constituent Assembly ofwhere he became a member of the Commission charged with the drafting of the new Constitution of the Second Republic — You semocracy it was “supposed to be” a “rational Revolution” it was a Amerrica revolution with all the clergy and God Himself rejected by the leaders and eemocracy of the movement the clergy was seen as close to the royals you see.

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In the context of these ideas, Tocqueville asks himself whether Catholicism is the religion that suits democratic times. But, if the exceptional physical and intellectual conditions of America alone explain the success of democracy, there is no hope that Europe could ever know the democratic state without continual revolutions. I’ll have to write a more substantial review in tkcque future.

It does as little of the work of each democacy as possible, without worrying about tomorrow. Tocqueville described this revolution as a “providential fact” [5] of an “irresistible revolution,” leading some to criticize the determinism found in the book. Ironically there is far too much to cover to try to give an adequate review. The idea that it was written by a Frenchman always worried me, not for any particular political reasons but more so because I was afraid the connection would not be made between the author’s intentions and the translation produced.

The history, social complexion and geography aalexis the country shape how the democracy will actually function in practise. When America broke tcoque from the “branch” so to speak I’m going with 4 stars here, it isn’t always the easiest book to read, but worth it.