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  • The Founders Anticipated ‘Fake News.’ Here’s What They Did About It.

    01/03/2017 7:30:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 30, 2016 | Jarrett Stepman
    Following the presidential election, numerous stories surfaced about how “fake news” influenced the results. This prompted a reaction from the media and a concerted effort by the social media giant Facebook to crack down on the phenomenon—announcing that it would in part by using liberal fact-checkers to distinguish the “real” from the “fake” news.The truth is that while the American media landscape has been in a constant state of change over two centuries, the spread of hyperpartisan, scurrilous, and even phony news stories has been more common than uncommon throughout the history of the republic.Ultimately, despite the increasingly Wild West...
  • The Secret of America's Genius and Power

    11/07/2016 10:19:23 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 9 replies
    Leadership U ^ | 1830s | Alexis de Tocqueville
    Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things. In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country. Religion in America...must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country; for if it does...
  • Faces of Liberty (Tocqueville's warnings to Americans)

    07/03/2016 3:45:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 1, 2016 | PATRICK J. WALSH
    The Statue of Liberty used to be the face America projected to the world. A gift from the people of France in 1886 and an emblem of how Americans saw themselves and how they wanted to be seen by the world. Liberte eclairant le monde is the name given the statue—”Liberty enlightening the world.” The female face adorning the Statue of Liberty expresses an otherworldly classical beauty and the vigilance necessary lest liberty succumb to licentiousness. Her uplifted torch symbolizes purification through illumination. Every year Hollywood has a newer face America projects to the world, a symbol of material...
  • Alexis de Tocqueville called it 100% right on Islam...175 years ago!

    03/16/2015 6:01:30 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 12 replies
    one man's opinion...
    No doubt every FReeper is familiar with the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville. The French political scientist and historian is best known for his monumental work "Democracy in America." In his later years, De Tocqueville broadened the scope of his studies and observations. Who knew that way back then he brilliantly recognized Islam for exactly what it was, and the dangers it posed to the world.....
  • Obama References 'Alex' de Tocqueville

    02/12/2014 7:16:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/12/14 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama referenced "Alex" de Tocqueville in today's remarks at the White House
  • Alexis de Tocqueville: How People Gain Liberty and Lose It (old article)

    01/22/2013 10:40:51 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 10 replies
    The Freeman ^ | JULY 01, 1996 | Jim Powell
    Alexis de Tocqueville was a gentleman-scholar who emerged as one of the world’s great prophets. More than a century and a half ago, when most people were ruled by kings, he declared that the future belonged to democracy. He explained what was needed for democracy to work and how it could help protect human liberty. At the same time, he warned that a welfare state could seduce people into servitude. He saw why socialism must lead to slavery. Tocqueville staked his life on liberty. “I have a passionate love for liberty, law, and respect for rights,” he wrote. “I am...
  • Soft Despotism, Hungry Children, and $600 Fines

    08/16/2012 8:34:24 PM PDT · by Sark · 5 replies
    Every problem seems to require a government solution in modern America. This is a clear departure from our nation's early history, as described by French historian and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville. In his famous work, Democracy in America, Tocqueville marvels at the American tendency to embrace voluntary associations in order to solve our problems. "Americans of all ages, all conditions, all minds constantly unite. ...Americans use associations to give fętes, to found seminaries, to build inns, to raise churches, to distribute books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they create hospitals, prisons, schools. ...Everywhere that, at...
  • Bambi vs. Godzilla (a history of the growth of the State, and its potential collapse)

    05/14/2012 11:59:00 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    The TOF Spot ^ | May 13, 2012 | Michael Flynn
    US House of Representatives. Note twin fasces flanking the flag The growing powerlessness of the modern state reflects the abdication…of its erstwhile governing classes; and it is at least probable that in its wake there will follow not the blessings of increased liberty but a long transitory brutal period of insecurity and terror. – John Lukacs, The Passing of the Modern AgeThe Age of the StateThe absolute, divine-right monarch had been unknown during medieval times, which preferred its kings weak and nominal; but royal absolutism ensured peace and security; and those are bourgeois virtues, par excellence. So the rise of...
  • Reversing Obama’s ‘Soft Despotism’

    02/20/2012 7:21:52 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | Feb 20, 2012
    -excerpt- ..Tocqueville,....."Thus, taking each individual by turns in its powerful hands and kneading him as it likes, the sovereign extends its arms over society as a whole; it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them and directs them; it rarely forces one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one’s acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not...
  • Tocqueville on Socialism - Ralph Raico, New Individualist Review [1961]

    09/14/2010 1:44:55 PM PDT · by Moozle · 4 replies
    The Online Liberty Library ^ | April 1, 1961 | Ralph Raico
    Translator’s Note: In February, 1848, the July Monarchy of Louis Philippe was overthrown, and the Second French Republic established. The new republic believed that the unemployment problem which was plaguing Paris could be solved by setting up government work-projects, guaranteeing employment at a certain wage rate for all who desired it. On September 12th, the Constituent Assembly debated the continuance of this arrangement and Tocqueville rose to speak against it. In the course of his speech he entered onto the subject of socialism, which he considered the logical consequence of recognizing the “right to work,” and devoted most of his...
  • THE TOCQUEVILLE FRAUD (Did Alexis De Tocqueville really say this?)

    07/01/2010 1:09:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 13, 1995 | John J. Pitney, Jr.
    Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America is a beloved, canonical text; the urge to quote from it is understandably great. Politicians ever seek to demonstrate familiarity with it, from Bill Clinton to Pat Buchanan. One of their favorite quotes runs as follows: I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers - and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerc - and it was not there . ....
  • Alexis de Tocqueville’s Memoir on Pauperism

    06/11/2010 2:00:14 PM PDT · by chrisam · 4 replies · 210+ views
    Does public charity produce an idle and dependant class of society?
  • The Tyranny of the Majority Party

    12/28/2009 9:08:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 893+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12/28/09 | FRED BARNES
    If Democrats insist on passing unpopular laws, they won't control Congress for long. Alexis de Tocqueville never met Harry Reid. Had he encountered the Senate Democratic leader—or President Barack Obama or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—de Tocqueville might have learned about a new twist on his concept of the "tyranny of the majority." The Frenchman toured America in the 1830s and published his conclusions in the classic "Democracy in America." He noted the powerful impact of public opinion. "That is what forms the majority," he wrote. Congress merely "represents the majority and obeys it blindly" and so does the president. They...
  • George Will: Upside-Down Economy

    05/10/2009 2:06:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,916+ views ^ | May 10, 2009 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- From Oct. 18 to Dec. 3, 1961, 116,000 people visited New York's Museum of Modern Art before anyone noticed that Henri Matisse's painting "Le Bateau" had been hung upside down. Modernity is supposed to "transgress" standards of the traditional, which is why Paul Hindemith, while rehearsing one of his dissonant orchestral compositions, said to the musicians, "No, no gentlemen -- even though it sounds wrong, it's still not right." Proponents of today's world-turned-upside-down economic policies say the policies might seem wrong but really are boldly modern in their rejection of markets in favor of pervasive government intervention in...
  • RUSH on Ledeen: Alexis de Tocqueville on THE END OF AMERICA

    03/09/2009 3:58:35 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 20 replies · 1,375+ views ^ | March 6, 2009 | Rush Limbaugh
    Story #4: Ledeen: Alexis de Tocqueville on the End of America March 6, 2009 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I had been meaning all week to share with you something that Michael Ledeen posted at his pajamas blog called Faster, Please!Michael Ledeen is a genuinely brilliant conservative, and he doesn't go in for dividing the movement. He used to write a lot of National Review Online, now has his own blog. He's been reading de Tocqueville, Alexis de Tocqueville who came to the United States in our early years and tried to figure out what made us work, and he did....
  • Barack Obama's America; A timeless critique from TOCQUEVILLE.

    03/05/2009 1:01:56 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 14 replies · 889+ views ^ | March 9, 2009 issue | Alexis de Tocqueville
    Barack Obama's America A timeless critique from Tocqueville. by Alexis de Tocqueville 03/09/2009, Volume 014, Issue 24 It seems that if despotism came to be established in the democratic nations of our day, it would have other characteristics: it would be more extensive and milder, and it would degrade men without tormenting them. .  .  . When I think of the small passions of men of our day, the softness of their mores, the extent of their enlightenment, the purity of their religion, the mildness of their morality, their laborious and steady habits, the restraint that almost all preserve in vice...
  • Barack Obama's America

    03/02/2009 9:05:37 AM PST · by SolidWood · 12 replies · 807+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 03/09/2009 | Alexis de Tocqueville
    It seems that if despotism came to be established in the democratic nations of our day, it would have other characteristics: it would be more extensive and milder, and it would degrade men without tormenting them. When I think of the small passions of men of our day, the softness of their mores, the extent of their enlightenment, the purity of their religion, the mildness of their morality, their laborious and steady habits, the restraint that almost all preserve in vice as in virtue, I do not fear that in their chiefs they will find tyrants, but rather schoolmasters. I...
  • We’re All Fascists Now II: American Tyranny (Good read)

    02/15/2009 12:18:31 PM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 1,329+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please - Ledeen ^ | February 14th, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    Most Americans no longer read Alexis de Tocqueville’s masterpiece, Democracy in America, about which I wrote a book (Tocqueville on American Character; from which most of the following is taken) a few years ago. What a pity! No one understood us so well, no one described our current crisis with such brutal accuracy, as Tocqueville. The economics of the current expansion of state power in America are, as I said, “fascist,” but the politics are not. We are not witnessing “American Fascism on the march.” Fascism was a war ideology and grew out of the terrible slaughter of the First...
  • American Exceptionalism

    09/21/2006 4:08:02 PM PDT · by nosofar · 5 replies · 406+ views
    What Alexis de Tocqueville noticed about America’s uniqueness over 170 years ago is even more valid today than it was back then: a daunting reminder of the caution with which the United States must proceed in its admirable efforts to plant democracies in rocky soil.
  • Political Correctness — The Revenge of Marxism

    06/14/2006 11:33:34 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 15 replies · 1,023+ views
    Gates of Vienna | June 14, 2006 | Fjordman
    The simple fact is that we never won the Cold War as decisively as we should have. Yes, the Berlin Wall fell, and the Soviet Union collapsed. This removed the military threat to the West, and the most hardcore, economic Marxism suffered a blow as a credible alternative. However, one of the really big mistakes we made after the Cold War ended was to declare that Socialism was now dead, and thus no longer anything to worry about. Here we are, nearly a generation later, discovering that Marxist rhetoric and thinking have penetrated every single stratum of our society, from...
  • Why There Is A Culture War: Gramsci and Tocqueville in America

    06/14/2006 7:26:33 PM PDT · by Darnright · 40 replies · 1,626+ views ^ | N/A | John Fonte
    John Fonte examines the philosophical antecedents of the culture war to show why the culture war takes the shape that is has. He reveals why a constant vigilance towards the permanent things that breathe life into the culture is necessary. The essay runs about fifteen printed pages but the time spent reading it will prove worthwhile. As intellectual historians have often had occasion to observe, there are times in a nation's history when certain ideas are just "in the air." Admittedly, this point seems to fizzle when applied to our particular historical moment. On the surface of American politics, as...
  • A Tocquevillian in the Vatican

    02/22/2006 2:08:07 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 395+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 02.21.06 | Dr. Samuel Gregg
    Upon Joseph Ratzinger’s election to the papacy in April 2005, many commentators correctly noted that Benedict XVI’s self-described theological “master” was St. Augustine. The fifth-century African bishop is widely acknowledged as a giant of the early Church whose life and writings are counted, even by his detractors, among the most decisive in shaping Western civilization. Pope Benedict’s first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, is full of citations and themes drawn from Augustine’s texts. The encyclical’s publication appears, however, to confirm that another, more contemporary thinker has influenced the way that Benedict XVI views religion in free societies and the nature...
  • Islam's problem with democracy (de Tocqueville analysis alert)

    02/16/2006 3:07:53 PM PST · by Dark Skies · 54 replies · 1,206+ views ^ | 2/16/2006 | Suzanne Fields
    Religion has always been linked to political power, often controlled by kings and despots. In a democracy, there's a different kind of link. Freedom allows everyone to raise questions, confront dogma and challenge beliefs. That's why maintaining the complete separation of church and state is crucial. Alexis de Tocqueville, visiting the United States in the early 19th century, identified this separation as crucial to democratic governance. Religion gave support to democratic political institutions because it restrained the exercise of liberties, appealing to conscience and morality in lieu of imposition by the state. De Tocqueville's words came to life in the...
  • On the Road Avec M. Lévy :American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville

    01/29/2006 2:57:55 AM PST · by Cincinna · 26 replies · 861+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 29,2006 | Garrison Keiller
    Bernard-Henri Levy is a French writer with a spatter-paint prose style and the grandiosity of a college sophomore; he rambled around this country at the behest of The Atlantic Monthly and now has worked up his notes into a sort of book. It is the classic Freaks, Fatties, Fanatics & Faux Culture Excursion beloved of European journalists for the past 50 years. In more than 300 pages, nobody tells a joke. Nobody does much work. Nobody sits and eats and enjoys their food. You've lived all your life in America, never attended a megachurch or a brothel, don't own guns,...
  • The Tocqueville Fraud

    01/28/2006 7:27:04 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 59 replies · 1,365+ views
    Tocqueville Today ^ | November 13, 1995 | John J. Pitney, Jr.
    THE TOCQUEVILLE FRAUD The Weekly StandardNovember 13, 1995 By John J. Pitney, Jr. Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America is a beloved, canonical text; the urge to quote from it is understandably great. Politicians ever seek to demonstrate familiarity with it, from Bill Clinton to Pat Buchanan. One of their favorite quotes runs as follows: ------------------------------------- I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers - and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich...
  • Democracy at War - What would Tocqueville have made of Iraq?

    12/26/2005 2:35:11 AM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 623+ views (Wall Street Journal) ^ | December 26, 2005 | JOSEPH EPSTEIN
    I have been writing a little book on Alexis de Tocqueville, the Frenchman who, after a mere nine-month visit in 1831, wrote "Democracy in America," which remains the best book written about the U.S. Tocqueville is famous for his powers of prophesy: One of his best calls was predicting the future struggle for world hegemony between the U.S. and Russia. But his power for prophesy dims beside his flair for generalization. Although he could scarcely have known this, much of the pleasure provided by Tocqueville is in testing his bolder generalizations 175 years after he formulated them. His ratio of...
  • Tocqueville at 200

    12/21/2005 7:20:48 AM PST · by Marxbites · 16 replies · 485+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/21/05 | Michael Novak
    Tocqueville foresaw a new soft despotism coagulating around the lower classes, with their low tastes and their resentments of anybody supposedly better than they are. They will want everybody pulled down, controlled, regulated, to enforce a leveling equality. The passion behind this machinery of repression will be envy. Here is how he describes it: I am trying to imagine under what novel features despotism may appear in the world. In the first place, I see an innumerable multitude of men, alike and equal, constantly circling around in pursuit of the petty and banal pleasures with which they glut their souls....
  • Rediscovering American Character

    11/21/2005 10:40:32 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 2 replies · 363+ views
    AEI ^ | 10-10-01 | Michael A. Ledeen
    Rediscovering American Character By Michael A. Ledeen Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2001 ARTICLES National Review Online   Publication Date: October 10, 2001 The most amazing thing about America has always been ourselves, as we are rediscovering in our exemplary response to the disaster of September 11th. “A restless, reasoning, adventurous race,” our national psychoanalyst, Alexis de Tocqueville called us, “which does coldly what only the ardor of passion can explain.” We are a bundle of contradictions, at once the most religious and the most secular, the most individualistic and the most socially conscious, the most isolationist and the most interventionist...
  • "I continue to love this country." French friend of America (Henri-Levi) repeats Tocqueville trip

    05/01/2005 8:32:31 PM PDT · by denydenydeny · 2 replies · 504+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 5/1/05 | Carlin Romano
    NEW YORK - In the glory days of the French-American cultural love affair, visiting Gallic thinkers brandished Gauloise cigarettes when uneasily fielding questions from reporters here. Sartre, Beauvoir and others swirled their miniature teachers' pointers to signal passion about ideas. They held them skyward to evince disdain. They snuffed them out forcefully to shut down a subject. Welcome to 2005. Now peace-loving Jacques Chirac raises cigarette taxes 20 percent a year as he wages a "war on tobacco" against the third of French adults who still smoke. And here in a Manhattan conference room, Random House also lives by no-smoking...
  • Plus ça change, plus c’est la męme chose

    05/30/2005 12:54:01 PM PDT · by Knitting A Conundrum · 2 replies · 218+ views
    Democracy in America | 5/30/05 | de Tocqueville
    At the present time, more than in any preceding age, Roman Catholics are seen to lapse into infidelity, and Protestants to be converted to Roman Catholicism. If you consider Catholicism within her own organization, it seems to be losing; if you consider it from the outside, it seems to be gaining. Nor is this difficult to explain. The men of our days are naturally little disposed to believe; but as soon as they have any religion, they immediately find in themselves a latent instinct that urges them unconsciously towards Catholicism. Many of the doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic...
  • De Tocqueville Versus Lewis and Pipes (Light Sunday Reading on the Islamic Scourge)

    05/01/2005 8:07:58 AM PDT · by Cornpone · 18 replies · 736+ views
    Emet News Service ^ | December 2004 | Professor Paul Eidelberg
    Anyone who has read Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America knows of his extraordinary mind. He was not only a wise, penetrating, and prophetic, but his was an aristocratic mind: magnanimous, urbane, and free from sectarian prejudice. Hence one should take all the more seriously his assessment of Islam: "I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. So far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so...
  • Why There Is A Culture War - Gramsci and Tocqueville in America

    04/21/2005 10:25:26 PM PDT · by Peelod · 6 replies · 690+ views
    Policy Review ^ | John Fonte Why There Is A Culture War Gramsci and Tocqueville in America By John Fonte As intellectual historians have often had occasion to observe, there are times in a nation’s history when certain ideas are just "in the air." Admittedly, this point seems to fizzle when applied to our particular historical moment. On the surface of American politics, as many have had cause to mention, it appears that the main trends predicted over a decade ago in Francis Fukuyama’s "The End of History?" have come to pass — that ideological (if not partisan) strife has been muted; that there is...
  • Faux Amis: Book Review of "Our Oldest Enemy" by John J. Miller and Mark Molesky

    10/14/2004 6:06:27 AM PDT · by OESY · 9 replies · 807+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 14, 2004 | JEFFREY GEDMIN
    Ah, the French. How to think of them? There is an easy default answer: kindly and gratefully. After all, they helped us in the Revolutionary War, gave us Alexis de Tocqueville and the Statue of Liberty, and to this day feel a keen republican spirit in harmony with America's own. Sure, we have had our spats. But when the chips are down, you can count on France to be on our side, more or less, and to supply some great wine if it is needed. ...Before 9/11, 77% of Americans held a favorable opinion of France. By March 2003, only...

    04/30/2004 9:27:24 AM PDT · by albertp · 3 replies · 150+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | April 30, 2004 | Don Feder
    One Nation Under.... By Don Feder | April 30, 2004 What is it about the Left and God? Why do the mildest public expressions of faith drive them nuts? Is there a connection between the treason of liberals and their war on religious expression? Rep. Jim McDermott, D-WA, went to Iraq in the fall of 2002 and loudly proclaimed that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction and Bush would knowingly lie to the American people to foment a war. If there was a Nobel Prize for giving aid and comfort to the enemy, McDermott would be the...
  • Dean's thirst for world's approval is childish

    12/13/2003 6:37:30 PM PST · by bdeaner · 17 replies · 149+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 12/13/03 | Vincent Carroll
    Carroll: Dean's thirst for world's approval is childishDecember 13, 2003Howard Dean believes a president should be judged by the worldwide popularity of his policies. At least that is what he suggested to Fox News' Chris Wallace the other day, after Wallace asked Dean why he'd said Bush "doesn't understand what it takes to defend this country, that you have to have high moral purpose."Wallace apparently thought he could cajole Dean into admitting the president did indeed have a moral purpose "in trying to set up democracy in the Middle East," even if the president's policies were all wrong. But the...
  • My Veteran's Day Speech (VANITY)

    11/10/2003 2:29:32 PM PST · by TPartyType · 14 replies · 299+ views
    11/10/03 | self
    This occasion is a time to reflect on our blood-bought freedoms. I like to return to George Washington's "Farewell Address" on such occasions because, in it, the father of our nation spells out what he took to be maxims of a free society. Washington urged us, in the "Farewell Address," to contemplate and frequently review those maxims that our nation might endure. We also honor those who've fought and died to protect our freedom by doing so. The maxim I wish us to review and contemplate today is that a free society requires a moral populace. Washington noted that: Of...
  • Tocqville - Defining democratic despotism (Liberalism)

    06/16/2003 6:52:49 AM PDT · by austinite · 6 replies · 2,372+ views
    Democracy in America ^ | 1831 | Alexis Tocqvile
    Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent...

    03/10/2003 7:34:14 PM PST · by nicollo · 15 replies · 1,662+ views
    University of Virginia ^ | ? approx. 2000 | ROGERS M. SMITH, Yale University
    BEYOND TOCQUEVILLE, MYRDAHL, AND HARTZ: THE MULTIPLE TRADITIONS IN AMERICA ROGERS M. SMITH Yale University Analysts of American politics since Tocqueville have seen the nation as a paradigmatic "liberal democratic" society, shaped most by the comparatively free and equal conditions and the Enlightenment ideals said to have prevailed at its founding. These accounts must be severely revised to recognize the inegalitarian ideologies and institutions of ascriptive hierarchy that defined the political status of racial and ethnic minorities and women through most of U.S. history. A study of the period 1870-1920 illustrates that American political culture is better understood as the...
  • THE GOOD AND THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE TRUE(a Charter School’s First Graduating Class)

    06/09/2003 7:10:36 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 3 replies · 167+ views
    AshbrookCenter ^ | June 2003 | Terrence Moore
    A Tocquevillian Perspective on a Charter School’s First Graduating Class One thing we have learned over the last two years at this school is that if you challenge students with meaningful assignments, they will meet and exceed your expectations. Indeed, we adults have often come to realize that these young people are better—more educated, more polished, perhaps even more humane—than we were at that age. The purpose of a classical education, for instance, has always been to make good orators. You have seen that Miss Wilson and Mr. van Maren have indeed become orators—to the extent that they leave their...
  • The Conservative Mind: Tocqueville Part I (Excerpt of chapter "Macaulay, Cooper, and Tocqueville")

    10/28/2002 5:21:47 PM PST · by William McKinley · 33 replies · 1,055+ views
    The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot | 1953 | Russell Kirk
    <p>That facility of the French for generalization, which turned the world upside down, reached its apex in Alexis de Tocqueville. He employed the methods and the style of the philosophes and the Encyclopedists to alleviate, more than a half-century later, the consequences of their books. In some respects, the pupil, Tocqueville, excels his philosophical master, Burke: certainly his Democracy contains an impartial examination of the new order which Buurke never had time or patience to undertake. Tocqueville is a writer who should be read not in abridgement, but wholly; for every sentence has significance, every observation sagacity. The two big volumes of Democracy are a mine of aphorisms, his Old Regime is the germ of a hundred books, his Souvenir is packed with a terse brilliance of narrative that few memoirs possess. Some people besides professors still read Tocqueville. They ought to, because he was the best friend democracy ever has had, and democracy's most candid and judicious critic.</p>
  • Public Sector Subverting Productive Industry

    05/16/2002 10:24:53 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 1 replies · 370+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | May 16, 2002 | Henry Pelifian
    In Alexis de Tocqueville's classic work Democracy in America there is a chapter called "What Causes Almost All Americans To Follow Industrial Callings." Alexis de Tocqueville was in the United States from 1831 to 1832. At that time he said Americans "are all led to engage in commerce, not only for the sake of the profit it holds out to them, but for the love of the constant excitement occasioned by that pursuit." He was amazed at the industry not only of the people but the infrastructure they had created to enhance and expand industry. What has occurred in...
  • Religion, Conservatism, and Liberationism

    05/11/2002 6:42:12 PM PDT · by cornelis · 7 replies · 545+ views
    Modern Age ^ | Winter 2002 | Peter Augustine Lawler
    RELIGION, CONSERVATISM, AND LIBERATIONISM Is conservatism necessarily grounded in religious faith? The answer depends, of course, on what is meant by both conservatism and religion. My charge is to make my answer personal, but I hope not too personal. I woul dnot want to say that conservatives must be Catholics, much less think and believes as I do in every respect. So I am going to define conservatism for this occasion in an expansive way. And I am going to limit myself to sayig that much of Christian psychology and portions of Christian faith must be true for me to...
  • Democracy In America

    04/18/2002 8:01:57 PM PDT · by PsyOp · 57 replies · 5,857+ views
    personal Archives | 04-18-02 | PPsyOp
    The latest installment of quotations for freepers from Alexis De Tocqueville's Democracy in America,. Quotes compiled and organized by yours truly. Regards and enjoy - PsyOp. Author and text: Alexis De Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835. AMBITION The sentiment of ambition is universal, but the scope of ambition is seldom vast. - De Tocqueville. AMERICA. In the United States, as soon as a man has acquired some education and pecuniary resources, he either endeavors to get rich by commerce or industry, or he buys land in the bush and turns pioneer. All that he asks of the state is, not...