Tocqueville Effect

A phenomenon where the rate of social frustration increases as social conditions improve. Based on observations from the French Revolution and reforms in America, he said that the appetite for social revolution "grows by what it feeds on." Thus, social expectations rise faster than societal change, which breeds anger. Tocqueville writes: "The hatred that men bear to privilege increases in proportion as privileges become fewer and less considerable, so that democratic passions would seem to burn most fiercely just when they have least fuel. I have already given the reason for this phenomenon. When all conditions are unequal, no inequality is so great as to offend the eye, whereas the slightest dissimilarity is odious in the midst of general uniformity; the more complete this uniformity is, the more insupportable the sight of such a difference becomes. Hence it is natural that the love of equality should constantly increase together with equality itself, and that it should grow by what it feeds on."