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  • Alexis De Tocqueville - 1,161 words
    Alexis De Tocqueville The Education of Women in America Tonry Hughes December 5, 2000 Politics 1311 In America women are given the opportunity to have an education. Not just an average education, but one that helps them throughout their life by giving them the knowledge to protect themselves. In chapter 9 of Democracy in America Tocqueville believes that the education of American women is superior to that of French women. He believes that our form of education is necessary to protect women from the dangers that the world holds, and to help out our country politically by giving women the tools to raise a moral family. By raising families with good morals all of America will also be moral. Asi ...
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  • Liberty: Adam Smith And Alexis De Tocqueville Both Adam Smith And Alexis De Tocqueville Agree That An Individual Is The Most - 1,249 words
    Liberty: Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville Both Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville agree that an individual is the most qualified to make decisions affecting the sphere of the individual as long as those decisions do not violate the law of justice. >From this starting point, each theorist proposes a role of government and comments on human nature and civil society. Smith focuses on economic liberty and the ways in which government can repress this liberty, to the detriment of society. De Tocqueville emphasizes political liberty and the way that government can be organized to promote political liberty, protect individual liberty, and promote civil liberty. Adam Smith's theory makes a str ...
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  • Liberty: Adam Smith And Alexis De Tocqueville Both Adam Smith And Alexis De Tocqueville Agree That An Individual Is The Most - 1,241 words
    ... n, there are no provisions for taking care of the poor when they are not taken care of by the market system. In his Theory of Moral Sentiments, Smith suggests that human nature will turn the beneficence of the rich to the poor out of sympathy for their condition (136), but this response does not offer strong enough promise that the poor will be cared for when the market fails. One can only hope that the de Tocqueville analysis is wrong and the laborers will always make high enough wages. Yet in Wealth of Nations, Smith says, "A man must always live by his work, and his wages must at least be sufficient to maintain him," (197), but is later forced to admit that when society is in decline, ...
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  • Democracy As Myth - 1,559 words
    Democracy As Myth Each of us is aware that change is everywhere we look. No segment of society is exempt. We as the public are dealing with the advent of continuous and ever increasing change. Change in technology, change in resource availability, change in national demographics, change in workforce diversity, change in simply every facet of the organizational environment and context in which public institutions must operate. Change, as the saying goes, has truly become the only constant. The challenge for organizations is whether they can become flexible enough, fast enough. And will they do it on terms set by the organizational culture, and then adapt and succeed in the face of it or will ...
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  • Democracy In America - 1,069 words
    "Democracy in America" Alexis De Tocquevilles Democracy in America delves deep into how the American States and the federal government would grow politically and socially under the umbrella of democracy. He sees the United States as a unique entity because of how and why it started as well as its geographical location. De Tocqueville explains that the foundations of the democratic process in America are completely different from anywhere else on the globe. The land was virginal and the colonies had almost complete sovereignty from England from the very beginning because they were separated by an ocean and financial troubles. The people who came to America were the oppressed and unhappy in En ...
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  • Democracy In America - 1,107 words
    ... s rampant and no one seems to care if justice or punishment is served or not. Many are very disillusioned with the government and think it is easier to do nothing than to become involved and try to change it. This is in direct relation to de Tocquevilles notion that democracies have a tendency to lose liberty and personal interest as the country grows larger. Not only with more people are there bound to be more differing ideas, but more people who share them, creating more voiced dissonance in the political sphere. This dissonance is glossed over when still in the minority. "[T]he tyranny of the majority" is one of de Tocquevilles main concerns with democratic nations. When a government ...
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  • Economic Reasons For American Independence - 1,020 words
    Economic Reasons for American Independence Eleven years before America had declared it's independence there was 1,450,000 white and 400,000 Negro subjects of the crown. The colonies extended from the Atlantic to the Appalachian barrier. The life in these thirteen colonies was primarily rural, the economy based on agriculture, most were descended from the English, and politics were only the concern of land owners. Throughout these prosperous colonies, only a small portion of the population were content with their lives as subjects of George III. Most found it hard to be continually enthusiastic for their King sitting on his thrown, thousands of miles away. Despite this there were few signs of ...
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  • Frederick Douglass - 1,125 words
    Frederick Douglass Abolition stopped Frederick Douglass dead in his tracks and forced him to reinvent himself. He learned the hard central truth about abolition. Once he learned what that truth was, he was compelled to tell it in his speeches and writings even if it meant giving away the most secret truth about himself. From then on, he accepted abolition for what it was and rode the fates. The truth he learned about abolition was that it was a white enterprise. It was a fight between whites. Blacks joined abolition only on sufferance. They also joined at their own risks. For a long time, Douglass, a man of pride and artfulness, denied this fact. For years there had been disagreements among ...
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  • God Helps Them That Help Themselves Poor Richards Almanack, 722, A Phrase Commonly Quoted From Poor Richards Almanacks, Illus - 1,350 words
    God helps them that help themselves (Poor Richards Almanack, 722), a phrase commonly quoted from Poor Richard's Almanacks, illustrates the types of selfishness often seen during Benjamin Franklin's time. Or does it? Is wanting and striving for a better self so bad? Would the reader of such phrase think to himself Wow, the author is really self-absorbed or The author must be a hard worker who values self improvement? Either way, the real question is why doesn't it say ..... those that help others instead ..... them that help themselves. You are taught as a young child the importance of thinking of others first and group effort. It is continuously reinforced throughout all areas of your life, ...
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  • Heather Arnold - 1,151 words
    Heather Arnold Democracy is a form of government in which citizens agree to work together in ruling a state. Today, the essential features are that citizens bee free in speech and in assembly. This agreement between the citizens must be accomplished in order to form competing political parties, so all voters are able to choose the candidates in regular elections. The tem democracy comes from the Greek words demos, meaning people, and kratia, meaning rule. The first democratic forms of government developed in Greek city-states in the sixth century BC. Although the term demos is said to mean just the poor, Aristotles Constitution of Athens shows that all citizens were included and fully partic ...
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  • Illegal Immigration And The Economy - 1,295 words
    Illegal Immigration And The Economy Illegal Immigration and the Economy Illegal immigration has become one of the key political issues of the 1990s, especially in border states such as California. The Bureau of the Census estimates that there are now 4 million illegal aliens living in the United States and that about 300,000 more settle permanently each year. Four million illegal immigrants is undeniably a large number of people, but it is far below the invading army of 8 million 10 million aliens regularly reported in the media and by anti-immigrant lobbyists. Illegal aliens constitute only about 1.5 percent of the 260 million people living in the United States. Myopic and xenophobic Americ ...
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  • In Democratic Ages Men Rarely Sacrifice Themselves For Another, But They Show A General Compassion For All The Human Race One - 1,080 words
    In democratic ages men rarely sacrifice themselves for another, but they show a general compassion for all the human race. One never sees them inflict pointless suffering, and they are glad to relieve the sorrows of others when they can do so without much trouble to themselves. They are not disinterested, but they are gentle. - Alexis De Tocqueville (www.cybernation.com) Compassion is an innate quality that is found within human nature, and is expressed to those in the form of a helping hand to people who are financially and emotionally troubled. However, each individual may have a different limit towards the amount of compassion that one can show to another being. In Herman Melvilles story, ...
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  • In Federalist Number Nine Five Principles That Are Conducive To Good Government Are Discussed The First Is The Regular Distri - 1,663 words
    In Federalist number nine five principles that are conducive to good government are discussed. The first is the regular distribution of power into distinct departments (Lawler 16). The federalists felt that the distribution of powers was important so that one department of government did not become more powerful than the other groups. They didnt want a government that was ruled by one person or even one group of people. The first aspect in creating a democratic government was to insure that the people of the government had an influential say in governmental issues as a whole. Insuring that decisions did not depend on one person or group of people, but yet an entire nation opinion. Publius be ...
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  • Individualism - 400 words
    Individualism Individualism Individualism :is a novel expression, to which a novel idea has given birth. In individualism a person is able to separate himself from everyone else. He becomes selfish and thinks of himself. In aristocracy, people lead their lives "imposing duties on himself towards the former and latter." Tocqueville is basically saying in his piece on Individualism from Democracy in America, that mankind in aristocracy would feel a duty towards his ancestors and towards his family and friends around him. He would lead his life giving up things for himself and for the people that came before him and come after him. Man is giving himself up to please his ancestors. An example is ...
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  • Political Philosophy - 1,448 words
    Political Philosophy Political philosophys are the theories and ideas of those who believe that they have an answer to the questions that politics raise in society. The questions that these political philosophers set out to answer range from describing what the state of nature is to what type of regimes are necessary to tame and organize the nature of man. The ideas that they come up with are not all that original. Plato, an early political philosopher and student of Socrates, set out to come up with a society that would function properly. His ideal society would consist of rulers, guardians, and the masses. All of which are molded at a young age to play a societal role in order to contribut ...
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  • Political Philosophy - 1,415 words
    ... a majority vote is needed in order to pass laws that are in the best interest of the country as a whole, not just an individual. De Tocqueville, explored the common good of America and was able to locate the precise reasoning as to why the United States political system could continue to progress in such a democratic framework without any major outbursts of anarchy. After dissecting the political system and people of the country, his conclusion became clear. People in the United States have come from many different origins and have come together in search of a common good. The common good that became the foundation of America was independence, that # could only be fully found in a democr ...
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  • Toqueville And Freedom - 1,800 words
    Toqueville And Freedom Political Freedom: Arendt and de Tocqueville Freedom in America emanates from the state of political freedom held by the citizens. Both Hannah Arendt and Alexis de Tocqueville provide criticism of the apparent shape freedom maintains in America as well as insight regarding how they perceive true political freedom. By using the observations and criticisms of de Tocqueville and the vision of Arendt, the position of modern America and its relation to the ideals of political freedom can be understood. It is necessary to understand de Tocqueville's observation of equality in order to make the distinction of democracy and how freedom relates to it. According to de Tocquevill ...
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