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He was quite critical of the American press, saying that it consisted largely of coarse appeals to the passions, assaults on the character of individuals, of invasions of privacy, and the stressing of negative social aspects (Merrill, 1994, p. 180). Here Tocqueville was saying what the Hutchins Commission, in its criticism of the press, would report in the middle of the next century. As for press freedom, he saw it as mainly preventing evils, as being a kind of check on government. Twilight of Press Freedom 23 In Denmark, Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) was indulging in a kind of passionate or emotional writing that typified the Romantic Age.

This is quite different from—in fact, almost the exact opposite of—that of Locke, whose objective was to protect and preserve individual freedom. The individual, according to Rousseau, has no right to deviate from the General Will. This means that Rousseau’s type of democracy is not compatible with personal freedom. For the first time in Western thought, a concept of democracy denied individual rights and allotted a key role to charismatic leaders (Magee, 1988, p. 129). The modern British historian Paul Johnson (1988, p.

172) and should live to the full, confronting the anxieties and difficulties of life head on and getting all we can from life. The main question for him was how best to do this in a godless and meaningless world. Although most thinkers of the 19th century had begun to devalue personal freedom and individualism, there were some like Alexis de Tocqueville in France, Soren Kierkegaard in Denmark, and John Stuart Mill in England who still revered the Enlightenment values. However, even they, in many ways, were veering away from the rationalism and strict libertarianism of the preceding century and were exhibiting many of the characteristics of the Age of Sentiment to which they belonged.

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