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}
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Benjamin Constant and Alexis de Tocqueville
put forth two influential responses.
Their topics include regime, law, and statesmanship in ancient republicanism; Montaigne and modern republicanism; the foundations of Locke's defense of political toleration and the limits of reason; Alexis de Tocqueville
's new science of politics; and Tocqueville
and Abraham Lincoln on modern republicanism.
The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville
Can Save Us from Ourselves
The book culminates in fine treatments of the efforts by Alexis de Tocqueville
, Abraham Lincoln, and John Stuart Mill to temper unfettered majoritarianism and moral nihilism with depth, elevation, and self-restraint.
is not enamoured of Paine's interpretation of democracy as transparent.
Summary: Alexis de Tocqueville
, a liberal French aristocrat, visited the United States in 1831 ostensibly to write a study of its "enlightened" prison system (locking people up in solitary confinement like penitent monks was the latest modern idea).
The America of the 1830s that Tocqueville
described in Democracy in America was a Protestant country and a liberal democracy, but it contained a small Catholic minority, whom Tocqueville
described as principally poor people.
LA PUBLICACION DEL PRIMER VOLUMEN DE La democracia en America de Tocqueville
fue saludada como "el comienzo de una nueva era en el estudio cientifico de la politica", segun afirmo en 1835 John Stuart Mili.
in Arabia: Dilemmas in a Democratic Age, Joshua Mitchell, University of Chicago Press, 208 pages