BLOG: It's all but forgotten in recent years, but June marks the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. While the global electorate appreciates bread and butter, the human heart will always yearn for freedom and equality as well. Meanwhile, the Arab spring is taking root, but will it survive? What would Tocqueville say?
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NEWS and VIDEO: The Tocqueville Institution is expanding its video, text, and image archives of the Tocqueville collections, both from Yale University (see video clip nearby, from the Yale Lecture Series) and from the Tocqueville Archives in France. Meanwhile, Andrew Rugg comments on "Twitter and Tocqueville," a snappy piece on as the debate over social media and democracy continues. Arlen Specter, analyzing court gridlock, adds: "Alexis de Tocqueville was correct more than 150 years ago when he said almost every controversy in the United States seems to wind up in court."
AWARD: Please submit your nominations early for the 2011 Tocqueville Statesmanship Award. Past winners include Bill Bradley, Nasdaq Founder Gordon Macklin, Daniel Ellsberg, Benazir Bhutto and the forces of Islamic democracy, and former U.S. Congressional leader Richard Armey (right.) Read more about the award here. Or click here for a Chronology of the Alexis de Tocqueville Award.
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