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There are possible problems in : The realm of the economy (too much individualistic competition and financial inequality; centralized “aristocracy of industry”) The realm of “the social ” (people being so wrapped up in competitive striving, they never can enjoy themselves; people becoming either too isolated; or, in contrast, becoming too glued together , a tyrannical majority, “mob-rule” style) Resulting in problems in the realm of government (which he also calls “state” (centralized gov’t): The aristocracy of industry takes control of society; Or charismatic leader whips up the mob-like majority Or people stop caring about the broader society and a centralized government takes control
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Tocqueville sees “self-interest rightly understood” voluntary assoc’s, and decentralized governance, as solutions to problems that democracy + equality generate.
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The first PARTIAL SOLUTION to the problem of too much competitive individualism: the concept of “SELF-INTEREST RIGHTLY UNDERSTOOD” too MUCH individualism IS BAD, but SOME individualism is GOOD: When everyone works hard, a rising tide raises all boats. p. 527:
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This note was uploaded on 10/08/2010 for the course SOCI 370 taught by Professor Hashem during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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