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Democracy in America – Chapter I – Exterior Form of North America

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North America divided into two vast regions, one inclining towards the Pole, the other towards the Equator—Valley of the Mississippi—Traces of the Revolutions of the Globe—Shore of the Atlantic Ocean where the English Colonies were founded—Difference in the … Read the rest

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Democracy in America – Chapter XVI – Causes Mitigating Tyranny in the United States–Part I

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The national majority does not pretend to conduct all business—Is obliged to employ the town and county magistrates to execute its supreme decisions.

I have already pointed out the distinction which is to be made between a centralized … Read the rest

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Democracy in America – Chapter XV – Unlimited Power of Majority, and Its Consequences–Part II

Tyranny Of The Majority

How the principle of the sovereignty of the people is to be understood—Impossibility of conceiving a mixed government—The sovereign power must centre somewhere—Precautions to be taken to control its action—These precautions have not been taken in … Read the rest

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Democracy in America – Chapter VII – Political Jurisdiction in the United States

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Definition of political jurisdiction—What is understood by political jurisdiction in France, in England, and in the United States—In America the political judge can only pass sentence on public officers—He more frequently passes a sentence of removal from office … Read the rest

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Democracy in America – Chapter XV – Unlimited Power of Majority, and Its Consequences–Part I

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Natural strength of the majority in democracies—Most of the American Constitutions have increased this strength by artificial means—How this has been done—Pledged delegates—Moral power of the majority—Opinion as to its infallibility—Respect for its rights, how augmented in the … Read the rest

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Democracy in America – Chapter VI – Judicial Power in the United States

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The Anglo-Americans have retained the characteristics of judicial power which are common to all nations—They have, however, made it a powerful political organ—How—In what the judicial system of the Anglo-Americans differs from that of all other nations—Why the … Read the rest