Democracy Is Dangerous: Resisting the Tyranny of the Majority

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In Democracy is Dangerous, Safford maintains that democracy is disadvantageous to economic and intellectual elites. The author dwells upon the problem of "the tyranny of the majority," which Alexis de Tocqueville employed to describe American democracy, and which Lani Guinier also used to describe the purpose behind her legal writings. Rather than adopting an uncritical, enthusiastic view of democracy, this work underscores the perspective of those who perceive themselves as being vulnerable to majority tyranny. ...

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Overview

In Democracy is Dangerous, Safford maintains that democracy is disadvantageous to economic and intellectual elites. The author dwells upon the problem of "the tyranny of the majority," which Alexis de Tocqueville employed to describe American democracy, and which Lani Guinier also used to describe the purpose behind her legal writings. Rather than adopting an uncritical, enthusiastic view of democracy, this work underscores the perspective of those who perceive themselves as being vulnerable to majority tyranny. It is especially relevant at this time because of the recent revolutions throughout Eastern Europe and elsewhere.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761824596
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John L. Safford is Professor of Government and Philosophy, University of South Carolina at Sumter.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Classical Reflections on Majority Tyranny Chapter 4 The Tension Between Liberty and Equality Chapter 5 Socialism and Democracy Chapter 6 Capitalism and Democracy Chapter 7 The Intellectual Elite in a Democratic Society Chapter 8 The Minority Veto: John C. Calhoun and Lani Guinier Chapter 9 Democracy and Sovereignty: Worldwide Democracy Implies Worldwide Federalism Chapter 10 Balancing Liberty, Order, and Equality Chapter 11 Glossary Chapter 12 Bibliography Chapter 13 Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    Relevent for today

    Dr. John L. Saffords definitive study of Democracy is extremly relevent in today's world of a new burgeoning Iraqi Democracy, expanding execiutive power,the Patriot Act and the torrent of illegal immigration. A must read for any interested in political Science and International relations. Begs an answer to the question How dangerous is Democracy? A must read. Raymond de Checchi, Sumter South Carolina

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    A must read for those interested in justice in social affairs

    Dr. Safford's book is written in a remarkably clear style, accesible to scholars, politicians and laypersons alike. Rather than simply categorizing democracies, he provides the reader with an historical and innovatice approach to not only the study of democracy, and its theoretical underpinnings, but to its varied models and the implications of those in past, present and future possible practice. He turns the work on Calhoun on its head by looking at the positive implications of what was intended to be a theory for protection slaveholders in the U.S. South, and provides the reader with a positive vision of the use of nullification, and its possibilities for building an even greater democracy. This book is essential for anyone interested in newly-democratizing or re-democratizing nations, or places on the globe which are heavily influenced by civil society social movements.

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