Topic - Alexis De Tocqueville

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  • Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, "Freedom regards religion as the companion in all its battles and all its triumphs as the very cradle of its infancy and the source of all its claims ... because religion alone is the safeguard of morality, and morality is the best and surest pledge for the survival of freedom."

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  • 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.

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