Alexis de Tocqueville

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Noun1.Alexis de Tocqueville - French political writer noted for his analysis of American institutions (1805-1859)
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I do believe, if my brother could have got back to France, he would have written a book on America, which, while it overlooked many vices and foibles that deserve to be cut up without mercy, would have thrown even de Tocqueville into the shade in the way of political blunders.
{magasin = shop; ex-officio = by virtue of his position--Cooper frequently criticized American diplomats for taking on the conservative views of the monarchial governments to which they were accredited; oi polloi = common people, rabble (Greek); de Tocqueville = Alexis de Tocqueville = French writer (1805-1859), famous for his account of American culture, "Democracy in America" (1835 and 1840)--Cooper had provided Tocqueville with letters of introduction for his 1832 American visit, but resented the extreme admiration accorded his book}
The use of soundbites, polls, and negative advertising, pundits say, have conspired to "trivialize American democracy." Alexis de Tocqueville's fears that the American government would become one "grand electioneering machine" have finally come true.
Alexis de Tocqueville and American intellectuals; from his times to ours.
Two centuries ago the French writer Alexis de Tocqueville was astounded by the readiness of Americans to form clubs and organizations, and thought that this propensity for associations of every sort went a long way to explain the success of our democracy.
In the second volume of Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville - the one Frenchman, living or dead, who somehow seems immune to the contempt Americans hurl at all things Gallic - spun out a number of hypotheses regarding "cultivation of the arts" in aristocracies and democracies.
The book takes its title from Alexis de Tocqueville's observation that it is the "habits of the heart," the attitudes and values of our society more than its laws, which maintain democratic institutions.
Preceding Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America by one year, this travel narrative describes Mexican politician Lorenzo de Zavala's exile in Texas and elsewhere in the United States.
And it is a hard saying in a place where "the American Dream" has always been about achieving wealth--where Alexis de Tocqueville once commented on Americans' "inordinate love of material gratification" and where the answer to "Who wants to be a millionaire?" seems like a no-brainer.
Some, like de Tocqueville's were brilliant in their analysis while others, like that by Mrs Trollope, were anecdotal, amusing and occasionally incisive.
Barone argues that the nation seems "to be returning to a Tocquevillian America, to something resembling the country that the French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville visited in 1831 and described in his Democracy in America.