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Top 10 List of Tocqueville was wrong about democratic1 Equality is treasured more than liberty because everyone has the inward passion to be considered equal to everyone else But liberty is not the chief and constant object of their desires equality is their idol they make rapid and sudden efforts to obtain liberty and if they miss their aim resign themselves to their disappointment but nothing can satisfy them without equality and they would rather perish than lose it p 55 Tocqueville is saying that liberty is somewhat not as important as equality in a democratic society and that overall social democracy means equality But it needs to be pointed out that equality cannot exist without liberty and individual freedoms and equality cannot exist without liberty Both liberty and equality need to work together if any is to exist The only reason we can enjoy individual freedoms such as speech privacy and the pursuit of happiness is because we are all thought of as equals Thus equality and liberties are both equally treasured by Americans 2Population increase during post-Declaration of Independence period will equal the magnitude of population increase during the pre-Declaration of Independence period It is generally supposed that the prodigious increase of population in the United States is posterior to their Declaration of Independence But that is an error the population increased as rapidly under the colonial system as at the present day p 139 Here Tocqueville underestimates the incredible growth America has taken in population due to the immigration opportunities America has allowed In fact it was later that Americans saw a need for immigration control and launched the Chinese exclusion act forcing a cap on the number of immigrant coming into the country 3American equality takes on a great disadvantage where no one person has great enough power to influence government and protect Americans liberty In a state where the citizens are all nearly on an equality it becomes difficult for
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