Democracy in America Essay

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Democracy in America

"After 37 days at sea aboard Le Havre, Tocqueville and Beaumont landed in Newport, Rhode Island on May 9. The journey had been rough, and the passengers and crew had little to eat or drink during the final days. Indeed, the passengers requested that they be allowed to disembark in Newport once it became obvious that fierce winds would prevent the ship from reaching New York as scheduled. I confess that in America I saw more than America; I sought the image of democracy itself, with its inclinations, its character, its prejudices, and its passions, in order to learn what we have to fear or hope from its progress." ~ Alexis de Tocqueville. When I went and bought the book Democracy in America I was like ick, do I
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Some of his writings go in factor with our amendment right--which either I will post an new discussion on Animal Farm, or below this." Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America Now hasn't that occurred today? Technology, including telecommunications and vast computer networks and storage databases, all intertwined and instantly accessible to the government and large corporations only extend the reach of the masters over their children slaves and make individual expression and freedom more difficult by infinite degrees. Add to this, encryption and surveillance technology such that the government has, quite literally, all the keys. Hence any threat to the dominant power can be "neutralized" before it achieves real power and influence. What's left? Also, do not forget how readily this "government" will squash individual dissent that threatens it's true owner- the wealthy and powerful. What after all is one man alone- a pitiful, tired creature withering on the vine- defeated and doomed to death- unable to change a thing- a voice in the wilderness- seldom believed and often ridiculed. The last thing that I want to bring up is when he wrote: "At the present time, an oppressed member of the

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