Tocqueville on the Political and Intellectual Effects of theTyranny of the Majority Open Access

Milikh, Arthur Yakov (2009)

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This thesis examines the greatest problem that Tocqueville identified in modern democracy: the tyranny of the majority. We examine the powers Tocqueville attributes to the majority, how it influences the law, and its power over the mind. In the first chapter we examine the majority's dominance over the legislature, the effects of political parties on politics, and the "moral empire" of the majority. In the second chapter we analyze how public opinion affects the mind, and its influence on natural science, the arts, and language. Finally, we examine the modern attachment to equality as opposed to freedom, and explore the three human affects the love of equality engenders: individualism, materialism, and the love of well-being.

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Introduction 1

Chapter 1 11

Chapter 2 25

Chapter 3 40

Conclusion 55

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