Tocqueville and “Middling” America Tocqueville states that “A middling standard is fixed in America for human knowledge. All approach as near to it as they can; some as they rise, others as they descend. Of course, a multitude of persons are to be found who entertain the same number of ideas on religion, history, science, political economy, legislation, and government,” (53). He believed this to be an effect of American democracy that would hinder social progress and restrain individual achievement. This essay briefly explains what Tocqueville meant by the emergence of a “middling standard”, and argues that his theory does not hold true today because we actually see a great amount of diversity in American culture and politics. What he is...The end:
.....her because the ideological gap between them has become so great, at least on social issues. On economics it might be a different question, with Democrats evidently almost as reluctant as Republicans to raise taxes on the wealthy or corporations, or at all for that matter. A major motivating factor for the ongoing “Occupy” protests is the fact that both political parties seem more interested in serving the interests of the wealthy than the interests of the people. Clearly there is not the widespread equality today that Tocqueville saw in his study of America, and it seems almost as clear that the middling effect he predicted doesn’t quite apply today. Works Cited De Tocqueville, Alexis. Democracy in America. New York: Signet Classics, 1984.