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Democracy in America by de Toqueville
« on: August 30, 2017, 12:42:58 AM »
Excellent and thoughtful book, written about 1830. He thought that the US had been settled predominantly by the British middle class, which was accustomed to participating in managing affairs in their locality, and extended this experience in participating in managing a nation. He thought that even though Mexicans had adopted much of the US Constitution and laws, this did not make Mexico like the US. He thought that social customs and attitudes were more important than formal laws, which in turn were more important than the geography and natural resources of the country.

He predicted that Russia and the US would come to dominate world affairs in the future, because of the large size of their territories.


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Re: Democracy in America by de Toqueville
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2017, 02:19:13 AM »
It's a pity that Russia is becoming more like Mexico. It had the potential to be great, but communism and corruption ruined it.

I do agree that social customs are more important than laws. If the people in great numbers don't want to follow the law, it will cost too much to enforce it. In fact, in democracy those people can vote for their self interest at the cost of the country. Actually what I see in Europe is that the protestant culture of honest hard work and frugality has been responsible for much of the wealth that currently exists. I am curious what will happen now that Christianity has declined so much. Will the values that where derived from it fade or will people recognize the good in them and keep it up?


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Re: Democracy in America by de Toqueville
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2017, 08:34:21 AM »