“Tocqueville reflected that administrative centralization would lead to ‘administrative despotism’—a distant, all-powerful, central government, beyond control, managing the minute details of the lives of every individual.”


In January, 1835, the first volume of a book named Democracy in America was published in Paris. It was a great critical and commercial success. The author, a young French aristocrat named Alexis de Tocqueville, became a celebrity and was awarded cherished honors and prizes. And his book stood the test of time. Almost two hundred years later, it is still regarded by many learned and able judges to be the best book ever written about democracy and about America.