Puzzling About Inequality

Source: Law & Liberty
by Samuel Gregg

“Everyone loves to talk about America, especially non-Americans. Whether it is Hector St. John de Crevecoeur’s Letter from an American Farmer (1782), Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (1835/1840), or Jacques Maritain’s Reflections on America (1958), there has never been a shortage of foreign observers who think that the rest of the world has much to learn, for better and worse, from America. Such individuals also often provide insights into the American experience that may escape most native-born Americans. That’s one reason why Americans still turn to Tocqueville’s great tome. … he identified specific dynamics at work in the young republic that remain important reference points today. One of the most important was the way in which the specific concerns for equality given expression by American democracy had unleashed a range of political trends, not all of which bodes well for the United States and its experiment in freedom.” (05/25/23)