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Lecture 22 -  Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Lecture 22 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville, Democracy in America

This video was recorded at PLSC 114 - Introduction to Political Philosophy. Three main features that Tocqueville regarded as central to American democracy are discussed: the importance of local government, the concept of "civil association," and "the spirit of religion." The book is not simply a celebration of the democratic experience in America; Tocqueville is deeply worried about the potential of a democratic tyranny. Reading assignment: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 274-302, 426-28, 479-84, 485-88 (Mansfield and Winthrop edition) Resources: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, trans. Henry Reeve Electronic edition deposited and marked-up by ASGRP, theAmerican Studies Programs at the University of Virginia, June 1, 1997
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