About Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville (July, 29 1805 – April, 16 1859) was a historian and French political thinker best know for his works Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution.

Is Equality Greater than Freedom?

By |2019-07-30T14:07:13-05:00July 29th, 2015|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Great Books|

Democracy in America Book 2. Influence of Democracy on the Feelings of Americans Chapter I: Why Democratic Nations Show a More Ardent and Enduring Love of Equality than of Liberty The first and most intense passion which is engendered by the equality of conditions is, I need hardly say, the love of that same equality. [...]

What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear

By |2019-11-14T13:12:14-06:00February 1st, 2013|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Founding, American Republic, Books, Christendom, Democracy, Democracy in America, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, William F. Byrne|

An excerpt from Democracy in America. I had remarked during my stay in the United States that a democratic state of society, similar to that of the Americans, might offer singular facilities for the establishment of despotism; and I perceived, upon my return to Europe, how much use had already been made, by most [...]

Virtuous Men v. Champions of Modern Civilization

By |2016-11-26T09:52:15-06:00May 19th, 2012|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Quotation|

I also see gentle and virtuous men whose pure mores, quiet habits, opulence, and talents fit them to be leaders of those who dwell around them. Full of sincere patriotism, they would make great sacrifices for their country; nonetheless they are often adversaries of civilization; they confound its abuses with its benefits; and in their [...]

De Tocqueville: Democratic Literature

By |2016-11-26T09:52:18-06:00January 24th, 2012|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy, Quotation|

“By and large the literature of a democracy will never exhibit the order, regularity, skill, and art characteristic of aristocratic literature; formal qualities will be neglected or actually despised. The style will often be strange, incorrect, overburdened, and loose, and almost always strong and bold. Writers will be more anxious to work quickly than [...]

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