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Alexis De Tocqueville's Democracy in America

Robert W. Tracinski

Presented at: IRM 1998

Date: Jun 28, 1998

Alexis de Tocqueville was an eloquent and insightful observer of early 19th century America, and his descriptions of American culture and politics are often inspiring to read. He identified the Americans' this-worldly philosophy, their enterprising spirit, their "heroic" approach to trade, and their commitment to liberty. However, despite his admiration for America, de Tocqueville clung to the religious, feudalist premises of Europe-a mixed viewpoint that has had an important influence on modern conservatives. This course examines de Tocqueville's virtues and vices, and demonstrates how his views affect America



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