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Alexis De Tocqueville

Wealth

Francis Levy | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Sometimes in a therapeutic situation, an analyst or psychiatrist will point out to the patient that an obsession actually performs a protective function to the extent that it eclipses a deeper fear or more profound desire or problem--such as fixating on sex instead of death.

Why Americans Are So Optimistic

The Atlantic | Jared Keller | Posted 03.26.2015 | World

For centuries, visitors to the United States have been struck by the boundless optimism of its people. Recent research bears out the stereotype, confi...

Charlie Hebdo, Islam and Religious Freedom: Study Finds Independent Courts, Civility Best Protect Liberties, Lessen Conflict

David Briggs | Posted 03.28.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

What the new research suggests is that promoting freedom is less about any belief system or form of government than a commitment for nations to follow through on their constitutional promises to uphold religious freedoms.

Supreme's Decision (Re)Enforces Christian Supremacy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I am disappointed, I am not surprised by the court's (re)inscription of a Christian religious imposition and imperative in the public square by maintaining a long-standing tradition.

The Triumph of Authoritarianism: What Ukraine Reminds Us About the Flaws of Progressives and Conservatives

Bill Shireman | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Shireman

As Ukraine recoils from Russia's intense military pressure, I wonder whether democracy will indeed triumph when the history of the Cold War is written, or whether Russia specifically, and authoritarianism more generally, will prove the more powerful force.

Russian Indifference

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

After the Cold War, the American self-image became that of the "sole superpower." We were the only 800-pound gorilla in the world, and therefore we could do what we pleased without having to worry about any other country's ability to stop us. Russia, under Putin, is reasserting itself as the second weighty gorilla in the room.

A Quick Whine Before Moving On

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 04.29.2014 | Fifty
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Recently, a friend and I were talking about where we are in our lives, and where we are isn't exactly where we thought we'd be.

Howard's Daily: Clashing Currents of Political Philosophy

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

The quest for certainty, both in philosophy and law, offers ample evidence of philosophical failures. But humans have a need for philosophy, so embracing the humanistic, organic philosophy of Aristotle, Burke, Tocqueville, Berlin, Havel, and many others is where I think individual and social fulfillment can be found.

What Tocqueville Would Tell Egypt's Muslim Brotherhhood

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

"In our time, freedom of association has become a necessary guarantee against the tyranny of the majority," wrote Tocqueville. "The right of association therefore appears to me to be almost as inalienable in its nature as individual freedom."

To Be a True Practitioner of Democracy

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 05.22.2013 | College
Carnegie Corporation of New York

By Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York. Delivered the following address to The Heller School for Social Policy and Managemen...

Beware of Whither We Are Tending

Mousa Alshanteer | Posted 06.10.2013 | College
Mousa Alshanteer

We are living under a government the likes of which Abraham Lincoln and Alexis de Tocqueville warned us about -- a government that is increasing in scope and size, thereby restricting the very freedoms that distinguish our nation from any other.

The "Politics" of Business

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Zachary K. Pearce

Thinking about both democratic and authoritarian regimes, including the dire circumstances surrounding them throughout history, and even in the contemporary world, how do these ideas connect to business? The answer may be more obvious than you think.

Why Religious Invocations at Presidential Inaugurations?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Many of our framers, the chief architects of the United States Constitution, most clearly did not have these measures in mind.

The Systemic Environment of Dying America

Glen Browder | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

My thesis of American democracy holds that, as the original, bountiful, natural frontier faded into history, America gradually turned toward a different frontier -- national public authority, i.e. "the government" -- to extend the benefits of its democratic experiment.

America's Perfect Storm

Richard Schiffman | Posted 02.09.2013 | Business
Richard Schiffman

It is as if America woke up one morning to find that its arteries were sclerotic, its limbs stiff, its appetites and drives waning. Can we rouse ourselves and recover the suppleness of youth?

Charity Must Prevail

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.02.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Deliberately debilitating the nation's habits of the heart will not contribute to better fiscal health for future generations. Our national commitment to charity must prevail as the best possible witness of this nation's moral commitment to ensure justice for all.

What Do I Mean By 'Dying America?'

Glen Browder | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

In this series, I approach America as an organic system undergoing democratic alteration and degeneration and I pose important considerations as Obama America faces the transformational challenges of an adverse environment.

You Don't Need a Weatherman (or Nate Silver): Obama Will Win with More Than 300 Electoral Votes

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey Dunn

Unless Republicans are able to suppress voting across the country, it is now mathematically impossible for Romney to win the election.

Prehistoric Politics & Today's Teams & Taxes

Jag Bhalla | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Taxes are not a punishment. And they aren't a transactional payment for what you directly get back. They are the price of your liberty and of keeping your team in good shape. What can look like a sacrifice is actually a sacred and immeasurable gain.

FYI Republicans: Tocqueville Was Actually Insulting America When He Referred to It Being "Exceptional"

Chris Rodda | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Thanks to the Republicans' favorite pseudo-historian David Barton, "American exceptionalism," a nineteenth century insult about the undeserved prideful nature of Americans is being proudly touted by Republicans everywhere. The irony is killing me.

Will Manufacturing Make China a Democracy?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 10.08.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

China has done an exceptional job of acquiring the means of production. Not so much for human rights, labor rights, public health, or environmental protections.

Why Do We Educate Kids?

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.05.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Sure, we want them to have jobs, and the sooner they're trained for them, the better. But we also need an educated citizenry -- to create the new jobs, raise the next generation, and protect the Republic -- and that's why we have public education.

Democracy and Inequality: Tocqueville for the 99%

Ray Brescia | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Ray Brescia

Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America offers profound insights into the early republic and the ways that wealth and political power were dispersed and separated.

The Citizen's Book Club: A New Idea for 2012

Lex Paulson | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Lex Paulson

The goal: present to you, between now and Election Day, single-sitting passages from the classic texts of American democracy. Substantial enough to spark ideas and prod debate; short enough to read on a coffee break.

Marriage Equality: Our Rights Are Not Up for Debate!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While many of our political leaders debate issues of marriage equality, I do not believe that the rights of minoritized people should be up for debate and should be settled on in the voting booth.