20 - MC 201 Recitation Tocqueville Subtitle What you can...

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September 20, 2007 MC 201 Recitation: Tocqueville Subtitle What you can get out of college is not only the information you can get here, but the way you learn how to be analytical, make arguments, how to systematically make the points you need to make and marshal the evidence that you need to make those points. Individualism o The tendency of democratic peoples to end up isolated, apart from their communities and families and in relative isolation o Why (compared to aristocratic)? P. 558-9 They stay within their family in the same area/plot of land Multiple generations occupy the same land – a continuity across time o This doesn’t happen in democratic society because of equality (equal opportunity) to achieve and go someplace new – the son doesn’t go back to live with his father, he goes to develop a new life of his own o Our decisions are individualistic – they are based on what is good for ourselves o The continuity across generations is no longer present o In aristocracy, you think in terms of your family line rather than in terms of yourself Winston Churchill – fantastic writer; holds his standards to the ways of the Churchills rather than the standards that he holds himself to People don’t feel isolated – they feel part of a community. This is evident in other societies other than America o The effect of thinking of ourselves only: What’s wrong with selfishness? It is not a happy existence. You won’t
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