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Alexis De Tocqueville Summary

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In the 13th Chapter of his book, Alexis de Tocqueville adresses the causes of the restless search for prosperity in the democratic countries. He mentions a « strange melancholy, which often haunts the inhabitants of democratic countries in the midst of their abundance » and associates it with the infinite pursuit of happiness and eternal insatisfaction with everything they get. He talks about how in the United States, life’s easiness, equality and the great amount of opportunities make its population jaded, never able to realize the worth and value of what it has and always craving for more. While on the other hand, inhabitants of poor countries feel content with whatever they get and are less likely to complain. I do not completely agree
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