A Not-So-Brief Guide to Tocqueville’s Democracy in America: Part 2 of 13

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2. Chapters 5 – 7

Chapters five, six, and seven are concerned more with the details of the law and organization of the American political structure than with general theories as to its governance.  Chapter five concerns the ground-up formulation of the American government, emphasizing the regional autonomy of townships and counties, but stopping short of analyzing the federal government.  Chapter six looks at the judicial system as it is practiced in both general principle and specific case.  Chapter seven is a look at the American political jurisdiction and how it compares to France. Continue reading “A Not-So-Brief Guide to Tocqueville’s Democracy in America: Part 2 of 13”

A Not-So-Brief Guide to Tocqueville’s Democracy in America: Part 1 of 13

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1. Tocqueville’s Introduction, Chapters 1 – 4

The first part of this guide covers roughly the first hundred pages of Democracy in America, beginning with the author’s introduction and ending with the fourth chapter.

Tocqueville’s Introduction

Tocqueville begins his book with a thirty-some page introduction in which he states, and then later restates, that Democracy in America is not a travelogue.  Nor, does he add, is it merely a catalogue of various American institutions.  Instead, it is a work of political science that attempts to capture the growth of a liberal-democratic revolution that Tocqueville believes is sweeping the West. Continue reading “A Not-So-Brief Guide to Tocqueville’s Democracy in America: Part 1 of 13”

SPOTLIGHT: Family & Civilization (Carle C. Zimmerman, 1947 – Harper, 2008 – ISI Books)

Released seventy years ago, renowned 20th century sociologist Carle Zimmerman’s book Family and Civilization studied and anticipated the breakdown of the Western family as we know it.  Written before the explosion of no-fault divorce, proliferation of same-sex relationships, and the disastrous Roe v. Wade decision, his work already painted a grim look at the future of Western family development.  While many of us on the Right attribute the disintegration of family bonds to the neo-Marxist ideologies that have permeated our culture, in addition to the radicalized individualism put forward by the Enlightenment, Zimmerman points out the general cycle that Western familism existed in pretty much the same format long before the early-Modern thinkers ever came to the scene. Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT: Family & Civilization (Carle C. Zimmerman, 1947 – Harper, 2008 – ISI Books)”

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