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Tocqueville: on Christianity in America, Islam in Algeria, & the "despotism" of an "all powerful government" when citizens "debase" their souls with "vulgar pleasures"
American Minute ^ | July 29, 2020 | Bill Federer

Posted on 08/02/2020 4:00:11 PM PDT by Perseverando

Alexis de Tocqueville was born JULY 29, 1805.

A French social scientist, he traveled the United States in 1831, and wrote a two-part work, Democracy in America (1835; 1840), which has been described as:

"the most comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the relationship between character and society in America that has ever been written."

In it, Tocqueville wrote:

"Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention;

and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things, to which I was unaccustomed.

In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions.

But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country ..."

Tocqueville wrote further:

"The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other;

and with them this conviction does not spring from that barren traditionary faith which seems to vegetate in the soul rather than to live ..."

Tocqueville continued:

"They brought with them ... a form of Christianity, which I cannot better describe, than by styling it a democratic and republican religion ...

From the earliest settlement of the emigrants, politics and religion contracted an alliance which has never been dissolved."

Tocqueville wrote:

"Religion in America ... must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country; for if it does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of it ...

This opinion is not peculiar to a class

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TOPICS: AMERICA - The Right Way!!; Education; History; Religion; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: algeria; americanhistory; americanminute; christianity; democracy; despotism; islam; koran; mohammed; quran; tocqueville
Time for another great American (and world) history lesson from American Minute.
1 posted on 08/02/2020 4:00:11 PM PDT by Perseverando
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2 posted on 08/02/2020 4:04:29 PM PDT by sauropod (I will not comply.)
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All Trump’s Fault!!!!


thanks, GREAT link. Tocqueville never seems to age; just as mind-blowing and subversive when I’m 59 as when I was 17.

3 posted on 08/02/2020 4:08:02 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca. Deport all illegals. Abolish the DEA, IRS and ATF,.)
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4 posted on 08/02/2020 4:13:56 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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The de Tocqueville no one knows:

He originated the concept of Tyranny of the Majority, of great interest with BLM.

He remarked that Americans have stifling uniformity of opinions, with dissent strongly forbidden.

5 posted on 08/02/2020 4:14:04 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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That book is worth a read.

There was an awful lot of European skepticism about the American Experiment; de Tocqueville's point was that the American experiment could work without the usual constraints imposed by the European monarchies because Americans, with their strong religious faith, policed themselves.

I think it's become clear that without the self-policing, this experiment simply doesn't work.

6 posted on 08/02/2020 4:19:58 PM PDT by Captain Walker
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7 posted on 08/02/2020 4:28:26 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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Great article!

8 posted on 08/02/2020 4:48:04 PM PDT by Jan_Sobieski (Sanctification)
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Very well done.

9 posted on 08/02/2020 7:05:29 PM PDT by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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