Tocqueville on the Political and Intellectual Effects of the Tyranny of the Majority 公开

Milikh, Arthur Yakov (2009)

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Tocqueville on the Political and Intellectual Effects of the Tyranny of the Majority
By Arthur Milikh
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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