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Lec 22 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville's Democracy in America

"Lec 22 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville's Democracy in America" Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114) 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. 00:00 - Chapter 1. The Characteristics of American Democracy: Civil Association 10:50 - Chapter 2. The Characteristics of American Democracy: Spirit of Religion 25:47 - Chapter 3. Tyranny of the Majority Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

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