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Two Liberals On Religion: Constant And Tocqueville Compared, Helena Rosenblatt Jan 2005

Two Liberals On Religion: Constant And Tocqueville Compared, Helena Rosenblatt

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As founding fathers of modern liberalism, Benjamin Constant and Alexis de Tocqueville shared a common sensibility as well as a number of key concerns. Of central importance to both men was the need to protect individual rights and freedoms against what they saw as an encroaching social power. Having learned the lessons of the French Revolution, they knew that power, whether concentrated in the hands of one man, or executed in the name of the "people", was a dangerous thing. Thus they worked throughout their lives to establish and defend a representative system with constitutional guarantees that would protect fundamental ...