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The greatest point against tocquevilles fear of the

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government democracy can be made to strengthen it. The greatest point against Tocqueville's fear of the majority can be found in Federalist No. 51 when Madison says, “States, and among the great variety of interests, parties, and sects, which it embraces, a coalition of a majority of the whole society could seldom take place upon any other principles, than those of justice and the general good” (271). No one interest could dominate such a diverse country as America, unless that interest was the general good of the country. Tocqueville might argue on the subjective nature of the 'general good', but Madison's point remains valid. It would take a tremendously unjust or amoral act to unite a majority of the country into one opinion. If this one belief is so powerful, and so widely held then one can, hopefully, conclude that it is just. Tocqueville was no doubt a brilliant man, and his critique of Democracy is in many senses valid. In a smaller republic it would be easy for a majority to rise to power and to see its will become the law. On top of this, the sudden spread of Democracy at the time of Tocqueville's
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writing no doubt seemed as a great conflagration to him, threatening to expedite the coming reign of the majority. However, the wisdom of the Federalists remains true to this day. No one majority has been able to come out on top, as each faction continuously struggles and battles for what they think is right. In this way Democracy is allowed to flourish, and while men may not be angels, and we are certainly not governed by them, at least there is still hope for our democratic way of life.
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