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Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect

NOVEMBER 24, 2010

Paul Rahe argues that American democracy is well down the road to the soft despotism that Tocqueville feared. But the outcome is not inevitable.