Hey folks. Back from Cuba. A little tanned. A little refreshed. I started reading Tocqueville’s Democracy in America while on the beach. This book is considered by some to be the best primer on American democracy. While much of the book is very positive on the American model (hence it is widely quoted by authors and pundits) Tocqueville also is very critical of several aspects of the American system such as slavery and the all consuming quest for money making (seems that hasn’t changed). He also worried about the potential of over time the aggregation of power to the federal government and ultimately the president but thought that strong local government, local civic volunteerism and local religious groups was mitigating that problem.
I’ll likely blog in more detail about this soon.
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