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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Alexis De Tocqueville
With Europeans intrigued by America's unexpected success, Alexis de Tocqueville carried out an in-depth study of the new nation in the 1830s.
America can be great, but it requires real courage and conviction to resist the urge to be "cool." None of this means we should impose Judeo-Christian values on those who wish to adopt a different kind of lifestyle, but it does mean that we should not allow an alternative lifestyle to be imposed upon us.
On July 2, 1776, John Adams wrote his wife Abigail that the date would be "celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival" and that the celebration would include bonfires, sports, fireworks and a spirit of liberty throughout the land.
Conservatives and liberals clash frequently on a wide array of issues, from taxes to trade, from deficits to defense. But their greatest conflict may lie in their contrasting attitudes toward civil society.
Two writers who, in effect, knew Phyllis Schlafly before she came on the scene were Alexis de Tocqueville and Henry James.
American "exceptionalism" has started popping up in commentaries and newscasts. The phrase is traced back to French historian Alexis de Tocqueville, who in the 1830s tried to explain to European elites why and how Americans were so different from them.
Harvard political scientist Harvey C. Mansfield begins this thematic survey with a question: "What sort of man was Alexis de Tocqueville?" He toys with several answers before fastening onto Tocqueville's own self-description as "a new kind of liberal."
Two Frenchmen's nine-month tour of Jacksonian America forms the basis for Alexis de Tocqueville's seminal book, "Democracy in America." Leo Damrosch, the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature at Harvard University, describes this journey in his new book, "Tocqueville's Discovery of America."
Tocqueville was agnostic as an article of faith, neglecting to mention even in passing that the nature of Tocqueville's faith is a contentious issue.
Alexis de Tocqueville explained our current situation when he wrote in "Democracy in America": "Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.