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Tocqueville is best known for Democracy in America 1835-40 which was a perceptive analysis of the US political and social system in the early 19th century Tocquevilles study analysed the vitality the excesses and the potential future of American democracy Tocqueville focused on his of the tyranny of majority as he began his description of American democratic practices it is also perhaps the best-known concept of democratic despotism Tocqueville introduced in his work Schleifer 1980 Zetterbaum 1967 Tyranny of majority as viewed by Tocqueville outlined several risks and problems within a democratic paradigm that we will further explore in this essay Tocqueville also believed that USA had formed mechanisms that stopped the tyranny from developing which this essay will also investigate as well as evaluating the value of those mechanisms for contemporary New Zealand For Tocqueville the primary meaning of tyranny of majority was shunning and silencing the individual and minority ideas to result in conformity of opinion- the opinion of the majority Schleifer 1980 p211 The moral authority of the majority is based on the notion that there is much more enlightenment and wisdom in a numerous assembly than in a single man Tocqueville 1969 p247 Perhaps the most noteworthy was the overwhelming authority which public opinion in America had not over just judges legislators and other public official but also over minorities and private nonconforming individuals But what most troubled Tocqueville was the subtle but irresistible moral pressure which the majority could bring to bear rather than any political legal or even physical coercion Schleifer 1980 p 196 In America the majority has enclosed thought within a formidable fence A writer is free inside that area but woe to the man who goes beyond it Tocqueville 1969 p255 Tocqueville emphasized equality as the problem of democracy Ruling of majority is problematic as it suggests the notion of equality- sheep leading sheep Tocqueville makes a clear distinction between the dichotomy of
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