Sigma: Journal of Political and International Studies


liberal democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, American democracy


It is sometimes held to be paradoxical that liberal democracy has offered no sound justification of itself. For those who are citizens of liberal democracies, and therefore are concerned not only with the regime of the fatherland but a 1 so with the good regime genus, this paradox causes not only confusion. The citizen is left a so without justification for the patros: his love of the fatherland has then no rational logos. There have been various recent attempts to provide liberal democracy with the justification necessary to survive the attack of various schools. However one assesses such attempts the serious and circumspect student of democracy finds his attention drawn, with increasing frequency, to Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville's famous commentary on the American democracy.