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Tocqueville or Austerity? Health Care and the Social Compact

Aboard the Arbella in 1630, John Winthrop composed “A Modell of Christian Charity,” outlining a social compact by which the Puritan settlers in the New World might “be all knit more nearly together in the Bond of brotherly affection.” Almost four centuries later, America’s democratic society still rests on a tacit social compact enjoining us to seek to balance and maximize individual liberty, personal responsibility, and the public good.

Poverty and Politics in Tocqueville’s Memoir on Pauperism

Alexis de Tocqueville's Memoir on Pauperism can help us understand the unintended consequences of apparently benign “solutions” and can help us become more fully aware of the difficulties of solving the problem of need in the modern world.

Freedom is Dead…

Short, sad little piece by Wendy McElroy at Laissez Faire Books echoing our need to retrace our steps and recover an understanding of the traditions essential for institutions that can sustain a free society.

Tocqueville in America

Michael McDonald offers a thoughtful review of two recent books illuminating Tocqueville’s journey through antebellum America.