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Dinah White Political Science 354 American Political Thought Mid-Term Examination 2 I am told that some of you think I support uncritically America s experiment in democratic government and society Tonight I want to set the record straight not only have I criticized some aspects of American Democracy but also I have put pen to paper on weaknesses of these aspects in my volumes Democracy in America At the root of these weaknesses is the inability of democratic peoples to make well-reasoned dispassionate choices This weakness is due for the most part to the tendency of democratic peoples to be swayed more by whims and passions than by reason The results of the peoples whimsical nature are evident in several areas the election of government officials the inefficient use of money and the lack of skill in conducting foreign affairs fear of majority tyranny and inequality of the races First in choosing government officials democracies have a double problem the people tend to choose poorly because their passion for equality makes them dislike those who are superior and those who have the capacity to rule do not want the position it is unstable and has few rewards The means of counteracting this problem is for the most part good mores formed especially by good education in virtue and the experience of local liberties Second democracies tend to waste a lot of money because the people governed more by impulse than by reason embark on a wide range of projects and explore every possible innovation most of which are impractical and many of which are never even finished because people tire of an idea when it ceases to become a novelty The poor being in the majority are the ones who can have the largest influence on laws As a result taxes tend to be high because the poor are exempt from them
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