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Topic - Alexis De Tocqueville
As we return to reality from the lazy, hazy days of summer, we find our nation war-weary, broke and politically fractured. We are a subprime-mortgaged house divided. We the people are longing for a better future, but very few thinkers have systematically reasoned through our apparently insurmountable challenges.
What amendments to the U.S. Constitution, if any, would you like to see? The widespread belief is that the American constitutional republic, if not actually broken, is in a state of disrepair. In his new, best-selling book, "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic," Mark R. Levin, president of the Landmark Legal Foundation and nationally syndicated talk-show host, proposes a number of amendments to the Constitution as a fix. Mr. Levin argues that amendments are needed because the nation has entered an age of "post-constitutional soft tyranny" — as defined by the great 19th-century French historian and philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote in "Democracy in America":
Niall Ferguson is an acclaimed economic historian. He has authored a number of well-received books. One, "The Ascent of Money," became the basis for an award-winning PBS series. Mr. Ferguson is also a professor at Harvard and a senior research fellow at Oxford's Jesus College and Stanford University's Hoover Institution.
There have been many impressive books written about the Abraham Lincoln-Stephen Douglas debates during the 1858 Senate election in Illinois. Harry V. Jaffa, Harold Holzer and Allen Carl Guelzo all stand out for their analyses of one of the most important events in U.S. political history. So much so, it makes one wonder if there's anything really left to discuss.
Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick's "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution" is a must-read for every citizen, wannabe citizen, legal working resident and those illegally working in the shadows of our economy. Their drumbeat title certainly captures the heated nature of our political discourse on immigration.
We have fallen far and fast.
"Now that no one buys our votes, the public has long since cast off its cares; the people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions and all else, now meddles no more and longs eagerly for just two things — bread and circuses." Juvenal, circa 100 B.C.
Now that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has dispensed with poor, fat people and smokers, it only makes sense that he would declare open warfare on mothers. The city government has unveiled its latest exercise in bureaucratic maternalism, Latch on NYC, which aggressively promotes breast-feeding to new mothers by restricting their hospital access to formula and exposing them to schoolmarmish lectures by nurses when they have the audacity to request the breast milk alternative.
These past few days have given us a lot of fireworks, between the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare's mandate and the celebration of Independence Day. With the fireworks came a serious look at the Founding Fathers - and what they had to say about governance. The pundits rent the air with commentary.
The 56 rebels knew they very well might be hanged for what they were about to do. As lawyers, merchants, farmers and landowners, they had plenty to lose. Fighting against an imperial ruler, they had everything to gain.
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.
Is there any future for America or have the vital instincts of the masses been too deeply afflicted by the social malignancy of entitlement and uncontrolled wealth redistribution?
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.
It would be fair to say of Daniel J. Mahoney that a political scientist with his acute sense of analytical balance should be better known than he is. But then you get to thinking - balance? That's not what we're about in the modern world, is it? We're about pushing ideas - democracy, say - as far as they can be pushed until, well, we won't know until we get there, will we?
And from that freedom flows charity, volunteerism and, as Alexis de Tocqueville says, the many "associations" of civil society that once made America a successful nation.
Mr. Levin argues that amendments are needed because the nation has entered an age of "post-constitutional soft tyranny" — as defined by the great 19th-century French historian and philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote in "Democracy in America":