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Against the majority who by sheer weight of numbers

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against the majority, who by sheer weight of numbers find themselves represented in all offices of government. The flaw in Democracy that Tocqueville finds is that, if unrestrained, it is simply far too powerful. As he puts it, “In my opinion the main evil of the present democratic institutions of the
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United States does not arise...from their weakness, but from their overpowering strength; and I am not so much alarmed at the excessive liberty which reigns in the country as at the very inadequate security which exist against tyranny” (265). In his opinion, if democracy is left unchecked then the majority will come to rule like a multitude of small despots. The will of the majority becomes the will of the government and there is no safeguard for the will of the minority which is simply phased out. Hamilton and Madison wrote their essays at a very different time in American history, and their opinions on Democracy are very clearly reflected in their writings. With the country floundering under the Articles of Confederation, it became clear that some new form of government was going to be needed. The Constitutional Convention was called, and the basis for our new government was formed. This new government would feature a far more centralized power, which would be curtailed through a separation and balancing of its responsibilities. Now all that remained was to sell the idea to the American people, a people who just fought a revolutionary war to cast off an oppressive government that they perceived as too powerful. The only hope for Madison and Hamilton would be to convince the public that democracy would be the great equalizer, and prevent this new government from descending into monarchical tyranny.
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