Democracy's Dangers & Discontents: The Tyranny of the Majority from the Greeks to Obama (Hoover Institution Press Publication (Hardcover))

Democracy's Dangers & Discontents: The Tyranny of the Majority from the Greeks to Obama (Hoover Institution Press Publication (Hardcover))


By democracy we frequently suggest a central authority comprising well known rule, person human rights and freedom, and a free-market financial system. but the issues in conventional Athenian democracy can teach us at the weaknesses of that first portion of sleek democracies shared with Athens: rule by way of all electorate both. In Democracy’s risks & Discontents, Bruce Thornton discusses these criticisms first aired by way of old critics of Athenian democracy, then lines the historic technique during which the Republic of the founders has advanced into whatever just like historical democracy, and eventually argues for the relevance of these evaluations to modern U.S. coverage. He asserts that a number of the difficulties we are facing this present day are the results of the expanding democratization of our govt and that the failings of democracy are not going to be corrected. He argues that those hazards and discontents don't have to finish in gentle despotism—that American democracy’s flair and energy may be recovered by means of restoring the constrained executive of the founders.

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