Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tocqueville Today


"American self-government survives in a form that Tocqueville would recognize," reads the blurb introducing The American Conservative's Daniel J. Mahoney cover article, a review of Chilton Williamson, Jr.'s book about a thinker, pictured above, who "remains an indispensable reference point for everyone who wants to think about the human soul under conditions of modernity" — Don’t Despair of Democracy.

Yet, in the review, the only place the author mentions where "American self-government survives in a form that Tocqueville would recognize" is "American resistance to the tyranny of international law." Hardly comforting when we have tyranny at home.

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