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Liberty, Equality, and Tocqueville

Short video featuring James Poulos
James Poulos June 15, 2017

What advice does Alexis de Tocqueville offer to Americans on questions of liberty and equality? James Poulos explains what Americans can learn about themselves from Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" and how the rootedness of our hearts can secure our own liberty in a changing democratic society.

In "The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves" (2017), journalist and scholar James Poulos translates Tocqueville’s advice for a contemporary audience, illuminating us on how Tocqueville views the relationship friendship between friendship and freedom in today's society.

Why Read Tocqueville?

Short video featuring James Poulos
James Poulos May 15, 2017

What can a nineteenth-century Frenchman teach us about modern America? Author James Poulos presents his case for reading Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America." 

In The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves (2017), journalist and scholar James Poulos translates Tocqueville’s advice for a contemporary audience, illuminating us on how Tocqueville views the relationship friendship between friendship and freedom in today's society.