Democracy's dangers & discontents [electronic resource] : the tyranny of the majority from the Greeks to Obama / Bruce S. Thornton
- Thornton, Bruce S.
- Additional Titles:
- Democracy's dangers and discontents and Tyranny of the majority from the Greeks to Obama
- Stanford, California : Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 
- Physical Description:
- xii, 191 pages ; 24 cm.
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- Foreword / Victor Davis Hanson -- Introduction: the triumph of democracy and the antidemocratic tradition -- The monitory failures of Athenian democracy -- The antidemocratic tradition and the American founding -- Democracy and Leviathan -- Conclusion: restoring limited government.
- By democracy we usually mean a government comprising popular rule, individual human rights and freedom, and a free-market economy. Yet the flaws in traditional Athenian democracy can instruct us on the weaknesses of that first element of modern democracies shared with Athens: rule by all citizens equally. In Democracy's Dangers & Discontents, Bruce Thornton discusses those criticisms first aired by ancient critics of Athenian democracy, then traces the historical process by which the Republic of the founders has evolved into something similar to ancient democracy, and finally argues for the relevance of those critiques to contemporary American policy.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-176) and index.
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