Alexis De Tocqueville Essay

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TYRANNY of MAJORITY The structure of public sphere and its relations with political sphere can give sufficient clues to describe a country’s regime. How is public opinion shaped with the effect of this relationship? Is the public opinion, as it is supposed to be, represent all dynamics in a society? Can democracy be manipulate,? How is this manipulation prevented? These questions are also important to answer after describing the structure of public sphere and political sphere in democratic countries. In this respect, Alexis de Tocqueville’s main concern is majority in a democratic society, precisely, the possibility of abusing the majority’ power. He suggests certain elements such as civil and political associations press etc. to prevent abusement…show more content…
“...the maxim that the majority of a people has the right to do anything in matter of government as impious detestable and the will of the majority is the origin of all powers” However, very central of his argument is based on the tyranny of majority which is real danger for democracy by forcing minority to live as the way majority do. He is mentioning about United States’ democracy’s problems in concerning its institutions, customs in terms of how people act against majority, which lack the mechanism of protection for people who belong to minority. He also point out the remedies of the tyranny of majority. He really detests the idea of moral dominion of majority which is that “there is more enlightenment and wisdom in many men combined than in one man alone” Thus, there seems to be a contradiction in his argument, but we need to look at what he means when he using the term of the majority. He makes distinction between two majorities when he use them as one is pure plurality of people, which he against it, the other is ‘not the majority of such or such people, but the majority of all men.’ As I understand from this quotation, it is like the majority of whole human race, ‘universal society’, Thus, he is rejecting to obey an ‘unjust law’ which is made by plurality of people by ignoring

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