Tocqueville’s Democracy: Critical Yet Hopeful

Alexis de Tocqueville. (Source:

The Individual in Democracy

The Group and Society

“The authority of a king is purely physical, and it controls the actions of the subject without subduing his private will; but the majority possesses a power which is physical and moral at the same time; it acts upon the will as well as upon the actions of men, and it represses not only all contest but all controversy. I know no country in which there is so little true independence of mind and freedom of discussion as in America.” — Alexis de Tocqueville

Tocqueville’s Solution

A Look to the Present



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Aditya Khan

First year university student. Sometimes likes to write stuff.