De Tocqueville


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Aristocracy is a phenomenon that is perhaps as natural a summer crop, and as devastating as the locusts that eat it. ’s position on aristocracy is quite clear. He is a strong advocate of the aristocracy, it is a part of the natural order and necessary. His position may have some basis, however I have yet to see the “upside” of a caste system or a good defense of it.
believes that aristocracy provides stability and fellowship. ’s support of aristocracy is weak and ill founded. His first point of aristocracy is that of stability, “Among aristocratic nations, as families remain for centuries in the same condition,”. ...

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quite true, however does not mention that because of the family “blood”, wars have been fought, and many lives lost. continues to say, “He willingly imposes duties on himself towards the former and latter [ancestors and descendants], and he will frequently sacrifice his personal gratifications . . .”. It is a nice sentiment, however, history has taught us that it is rare to find a self-sacrificing person, and even rarer is the benevolent overlord. ’s argument lacks a solid and provable basis. The fact that aristocrats look only for their ancestors or descendants is a very self-centered act. They are concerned with only their family and it’s success. does not mention the “sacrifice” an angry lord makes for his serfs and servants by throwing them off his land. It would destroy ’s argument to show that lords were hard, if not cruel at times, on their tenets. History has proven it.
tries to justify the isolation of the ...

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