The Old Order Changeth: A View of American Democracy

The Old Order Changeth: A View of American Democracy

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The Old Order Changeth: A View of American Democracy

The Old Order Changeth: A View of American Democracy

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Any view of a going concern, like our American democracy, inevitably must be a partial view, because it must be a fleeting one. The facts about our democracy to-day obviously are not the facts of yesterday, nor are they the facts of to-morrow. The democracy in the United States which De Tocqueville saw in the early part of the nineteenth century is not the American democracy rising to power in the twentieth century. Perhaps, indeed, we did not have a democracy at all during the early decades of the nineteenth century. Certainly that democracy passed into the more typical republican form of government during the middle and latter decades of the century. And it seems likely that we are about to revert (or progress, if you would choose that verb) from the republican form under which our nation waxed fat and Strong after the Civil War . . .

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