Democracy's numerous pitfalls Essay
America, however, was founded upon the principle of equality; its people are absolutely unwilling to subject themselves to the arbitrary rule of tyrant. As such, the citizens have an instinctive interest in their own affairs. The legislature, which represents the majority opinion, is the most powerful force in this government. Because of the majority’s influence in this state, it claims to be the true authority in a state and “nothing can check its progress.” Government and social power is centralized and subject to the people, who often lack wisdom and foresight. And “because it can do anything,” the absolute, unhindered strength of the majority actually threatens to destroy itself.
Democracy is inherently an extreme. For equality to prevail, as in the American experiment, Tocqueville claims that rights must be given to all or to none. Anything else would indicate inequality and would be indistinguishable from a tyranny. But such extremism leads to major drawbacks. The weak would compare themselves to the strong, unwilling to accept that anyone is their