Equality and Freedom in "Democracy in America"
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This paper explores the concepts of equality, freedom and democracy in history in Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" and shows how his text is a blueprint for a beneficial democracy. The paper also notes that Tocqueville did not equate liberty and equality; rather he saw one as a threat to the other.
From the Paper:"French aristocrat and politician Alexis de Tocqueville's famous work, Democracy in America (1840) delineates the effects of politics and society on the American citizen and the American drive towards equality. Tocqueville believed that democracy was a powerful and inevitable force, destined to spread throughout the world. He also felt that historical changes affected the acceptance of democracy within a society. In Democracy in America, Tocqueville claimed that the "The gradual progress of equality is something fated. The main features of this progress are the following: it is universal and permanent; it is daily passing beyond human control, and every event and every man helps it along." Since he believed that democracy would spread worldwide, he felt that steps should be taken to encourage democracy's strengths and discourage its dangers. Tocqueville's key concern was that the drive towards equality, which he felt was the key impetus behind democracy, would curtail liberty. Indeed, in examining the common link between Tocqueville's views on liberty, equality, and historical change, his text becomes less a collection of random observations and more a blueprint for a beneficial democracy. More significancy, it is interesting to note that Tocqueville did not equate liberty and equality; rather he saw one as a threat to the other."
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