Tocqueville: On the Omnipotence of the Majority and the Sustainability of a Democratic Republic

How is it that, almost 180 years after it was written, Americans today still read Tocqueville as if it were the most essential piece of American political thought? Maybe it’s because it is. When reading chapters 7 through 10 of Volume 1, Part 2 in Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, it is important to realize not … Read moreTocqueville: On the Omnipotence of the Majority and the Sustainability of a Democratic Republic

The American Woman and Democratic Society in Tocqueville’s Democracy in America

In his survey of American society in the early 1800’s, Alexis de Tocqueville spares a few chapters to describe the American woman as he sees her. Obviously, from our more modern view, Tocqueville’s claim that women and men in America enjoy a certain equality clashes with the reality of the conditions at that time, and … Read moreThe American Woman and Democratic Society in Tocqueville’s Democracy in America

A Close Reading of James Madison’s The Federalist No. 51 and its Relevancy Within the Sphere of Modern Political Thought

The roots of republican government and democratic ideals are firmly planted in James Madison’s “The Federalist No. 51, The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments.” Written on February 6, 1788, this essay is one of three documents that make up a group of political pieces known … Read moreA Close Reading of James Madison’s The Federalist No. 51 and its Relevancy Within the Sphere of Modern Political Thought

Tocqueville’s America: No Place for an Atheist

“Disbelief is an accident; faith alone is the permanent state of humanity,” writes Alexis de Tocqueville in his book Democracy in America (284). According to Tocqueville, there are a few main threats that oppose democracy: the need for equality, the desire for individualism, and the love of materialism. When these threats bleed into the real … Read moreTocqueville’s America: No Place for an Atheist