Democracy in America

What does a Frenchman know about democracy in America, you ask?

Well, read this abstract from 1835:

“If society is tranquil, it is not because it is conscious of its strength and its well-being, but because it fears its weakness and its infirmities; a single effort may cost it its life. Everybody feels the evil, but no one has courage or energy enough to seek the cure. The desires, the repinings, the sorrows, and the joys of the present time lead to no visible or permanent result, like the passions of old men, which terminate in impotence.”


Alexis Charles Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859) was a French political thinker and historian best known for his work “Democracy in America”.

Painting of Alexis de Tocqueville by Théodore Chassériau