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Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville

bilingual edition from Liberty Fund Books, December 2009

Liberty Fund Books Autumn/Winter Catalog 2009
Democracy in America
De la Démocratie en Amérique

By Alexis de Tocqueville
Edited by Eduardo Nolla
Translated by James T. Scheifer

Tocqueville considered the tendency of democracy to degenerate into either the tyranny of the majority or what he called soft despotism, a soveriegn power that "extends its arms over the entire society; it covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated, minute, and uniform rules ... it does not tyrannize, it hinders, it represses, it enervates, it extinguishes, it stupifies, and finally it reduces each nation to being nothing more than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd." (Book IV, chapter 6.)

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