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Acton Commentary: “Despotism – The Soft Way”

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Sam Gregg marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Alexis de Tocqueville whose great work “Democracy in America” warned about the dangers of a comfortable servility. “The American Republic,” Tocqueville wrote, “will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

Read the commentary at the Acton website and comment on it here.

Brittany Hunter


  • Alan Campbell

    This is amazingly current, accurate and profound. It begs
    the question “Why did France IGNORE it?” Obviously
    for the same reason our current Congress and Administration
    is ignoring it – It would boot them out of office!, and –

  • mrteachersir

    I think the reason that people ignore de Tocqueville is because he wrote over 180 years ago. I mean, come on. People 180 years ago were so unenlightened, so blinded by myths that they couldn’t possibly see anything correctly. Isn’t that why we ignore the Gospels, yet look at “enlightened” Roman historian accounts as fact?