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  • "The Tyranny of the Majority" - from Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America"

    03/28/2009 8:31:50 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 43 replies · 2,859+ views
    Tocqueville.org ^ | 1835 (Volume 1) & 1840 (Volume 2) | Alexis de Tocqueville
    This is great prep for an argument with a liberal. Feel free to highlight your favorite sections: Chapter XV: Unlimited Power Of Majority, And Its Consequences—Part II Tyranny Of The Majority How the principle of the sovereignty of the people is to be understood—Impossibility of conceiving a mixed government—The sovereign power must centre somewhere—Precautions to be taken to control its action—These precautions have not been taken in the United States—Consequences. I hold it to be an impious and an execrable [execrable: extremely bad or unpleasant] maxim that, politically speaking, a people has a right to do whatsoever it pleases, and...