Las amenazas a la democracia a la luz del pensamiento de Alexis de Tocqueville y Herbert Marcuse

Una reflexión sobre la libertad y el despotismo

  • Ana María Woolvett

Abstract

This article aims to identify the characteristics of modern despotisms in democratic societies, which converge in a guardian state or a public opinion that can sometimes be despotic like political power. The ideas of Marcuse and Tocqueville are briefly analyzed on the concepts that are proposed as the foundations of this phenomenon: the idea of equality, individualism and materialism as enjoyment and well-being, and the weakening of freedom of thought and criticism. Thus, it seeks to make a very general, and therefore fragmentary, a sketch of the ideas of two such different authors, to propose a look that opens questions about the events that occur every day in our societies and that threaten to narrow freedom.

Published
Dec 21, 2021
How to Cite
WOOLVETT, Ana María. Las amenazas a la democracia a la luz del pensamiento de Alexis de Tocqueville y Herbert Marcuse. Colloquia, Academic Journal of Culture and Thought, [S.l.], v. 8, p. 60-71, dec. 2021. ISSN 1390-8731. Available at: <https://colloquia.uhemisferios.edu.ec/index.php/colloquia/article/view/118>. Date accessed: 22 may 2022. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.31207/colloquia.v8i0.118.