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This paper explains that the idea of democracy, when it is over-simplified to mean "majority rule", is the idea, which Tocqueville, Mills, and Godkin watched become corrupt as America matured. This paper explains Alexis de Tocqueville, one of the first to write prolifically about the American experiment, knew that a pure democracy was no guarantee of continued freedom. The author points out that Godkin, writing at the time of the Civil War, watched powerful individuals rise to leadership by influencing public opinion or gaining political power for themselves.
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American Democracy (2005, January 31) Retrieved June 02, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/american-democracy-55568/
"American Democracy" 31 January 2005. Web. 02 June. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/american-democracy-55568/>