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Conclusion American Oligarchy? Among the new objects that attracted my attention during my stay in the United States, none struck my eye more vividly than the equality of conditions. — Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America The War that is now breaking out will render our Country, whether she is forced into it, or not, rich, great and powerful in comparison of what she now is, and Riches Grandeur and Power will have the same effect upon American as it has upon European minds. — John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, 9 October 1787 Some have suggested

Conclusion American Oligarchy? Among the new objects that attracted my attention during my stay in the United States, none struck my eye more vividly than the equality of conditions. — Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America The War that is now breaking out will render our Country, whether she is forced into it, or not, rich, great and powerful in comparison of what she now is, and Riches Grandeur and Power will have the same effect upon American as it has upon European minds. — John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, 9 October 1787 Some have suggested

2 Aristotle and American Oligarchy: A Study in Political Influence jeremy s. neill What would the Greeks have thought of modern innovations like nation-states and liberal-democratic freedoms? What would they have thought of representation, citizenship, and mass elections? In this article I shall explicate an Aristotelian approach to the American political sys- tem, or at least to some of its major elements. America is formally a rep- resentative democracy, and in large part it acts as such. But when the American system is approached from the standpoint of the

The Story of John and Abigail Adams in Europe
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Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 One A Perennial Problem 23 Two The Goods of Fortune 58 Three Sympathy for the Rich 95 Four Dignified Democracy 124 Conclusion American Oligarchy 148 Notes 155 Bibliography 193 Index 205

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Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 One A Perennial Problem 23 Two The Goods of Fortune 58 Three Sympathy for the Rich 95 Four Dignified Democracy 124 Conclusion American Oligarchy 148 Notes 155 Bibliography 193 Index 205

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John Adams and the Fear of American Oligarchy John Adams a nd the fe a r of American Oligarchy Luk e M ay v il l e Princeton Universit y Press Princeton & Oxford Copyright © 2016 by Princeton University Press Published by Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 In the United Kingdom: Princeton University Press, 6 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1 TR press.princeton.edu The quotation on page v is copyright © 2014 by Garry Wills and was first published in the New York Review of Books. Frontispiece and

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John Adams and the Fear of American Oligarchy John Adams a nd the fe a r of American Oligarchy Luk e M ay v il l e Princeton Universit y Press Princeton & Oxford Copyright © 2016 by Princeton University Press Published by Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 In the United Kingdom: Princeton University Press, 6 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1 TW press.princeton.edu The quotation on page v is copyright © 2014 by Garry Wills and was first published in the New York Review of Books. Frontispiece and