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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Alexis de Tocqueville: How People Gain Liberty and Lose It | Foundation for Economic Education

Alexis de Tocqueville: How People Gain Liberty and Lose It | Foundation for Economic Education



Alexis de Tocqueville was a gentleman-scholar who emerged as one of the world’s great prophets. More than a century and a half ago, when most people were ruled by kings, he declared that the future belonged to democracy. He explained what was needed for democracy to work and how it could help protect human liberty. At the same time, he warned that a welfare state could seduce people into servitude. He saw why socialism must lead to slavery.
Tocqueville staked his life on liberty. “I have a passionate love for liberty, law, and respect for rights,” he wrote. “I am neither of the revolutionary party nor of the conservative. . . . Liberty is my foremost passion.”

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