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Can modern democracy operate in a despotic manner even when it obeys the majority’s will? Carl Eric Scott, Assistant Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University, will discuss one of the most famous concepts in Alexis de Tocqueville’s political masterpiece “Democracy in America” — the tyranny of the majority. This presentation will introduce the highlights of this book and examine how majorities can tyrannize minorities in democratic systems. Scott will also explore how Tocqueville built upon and refined his concept of the tyranny of the majority, whether it has any shortcomings, and how it might be usefully applied in our own time. The lecture is made possible by a grant from Utah Humanities.
This event is organized by Books & Bridges — a community institute of ideas and conversation. Our mission is to facilitate discussion on the best of human thought. We explore the wisdoms of the world and apply them to modern life. We have no political, religious or ideological affiliation. In a society divided by uncivil discourse, the beauty of the humanities—novels, history, philosophy, poetry, ethics and epics—lifts us to our better angels. In our busy world we need space for friends and fellow learners to do a little more heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind.