The Classical Greek philosopher Plato discusses five types of regimes (Republic,
Book VIII). They are Aristocracy, Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, and Tyranny.
... Despotism · Illiberal demo...
Tocqueville's democratic despotism, on the other hand, would be “more ... thus
taken each citizen in turn in its powerful embrace and shaped him to its will, ...
The classical example for this is the transformation of the German republic of
Weimar into the ... then proceeded to use its powers as head of the government
to turn the democracy into a personal dictatorship. ... A strong show of rejection (
armed or not) by the population can be enough to have the opposite effect and
I do not question that, in an age of instruction and equality like our own,
sovereigns ... Democratic governments may become violent and even cruel at
And so at last, instead of loving contention and glory, men become lovers of trade
... The poor will overthrow the oligarchy and set up a democracy, the rule of the ....
“Despotic” constitutions served only the selfish interests of a certain person or ...
Mar 15, 2015 ... By identifying and attempting to ameliorate democracy's paradoxical excesses
toward conformity and ... When Did America Become France?
From: Democracy in America: Historical-Critical Edition, vol. ... After having thus
taken each individual one by one into its powerful hands, and having ... vigorous
souls cannot break through to go beyond the crowd; it does not break wills, but ...
Democratic governments will be able to become violent and even cruel in certain
Despotism can come at the hands of a single person or a multitude. In the case of
a democracy, there is a grave danger that the majority will become despotic.
"Democracy passes into despotism." - Plato quotes from BrainyQuote.com.
Apr 22, 2009 ... Author of the classic Democracy in America (1835/1840), Alexis de Tocqueville's
... Americans of all generations, however, have regularly turned to this ... Why,
Tocqueville wondered, did this not degenerate into anarchy?