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Whatever Happened to Tocqueville’s America?

In the America that Tocqueville observed, citizens relied on themselves, not the government.  Today?  Vast government handouts have become a fixed and expected part of American life.  How did we go from Tocqueville’s America to Obama’s?  Today on Uncommon Knowledge, Paul Rahe, author of Soft Despotism.

Human beings are a fierce lot.  They can stand up to anything but temptation.  The trouble is that, during the 150 years between Tocqueville and Obama, the temptations [of big government] have grown.

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