Freedom of Opinion and Democracy

Like so many of Tocqueville's observations, his comment on freedom of opinion in America seems more a prophecy than a description. In the century and a half since the publication of Democracy in America, we have given up the prudery, on which Tocqueville remarked, along with the patriotic self-applause he found so amusing.

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