Peter Augustine Lawler Alexis de Tocqueville, in Democracy in America, writes that associated with rapid technological progress -- even its effect we should always devote ourselves to defending a true and digon the environment -- have unexpected but real technological nified view of human liberty. The purpose of human life remains solutions. Despite all this undeniable success in pursuit of the same, but the threats to human liberty change from time to happiness, the paradox is that there is no evidence that we're time. And liberal education should always aim, first of all, at actually more happy. Instead of contentment and fulfillment, we freeing us from the partisanship underlying the chief threat of increasingly describe ourselves in terms of restlessness and our time. Today, liberal or genuinely liberating education begins anxiety. Easterbrook's astute observations are nothing new: by alerting students to the creeping libertarianism and equipping Tocqueville noticed the Americans restless and even melanthem to resist its charms. cholic in the midst of their prosperity. Not very long ago, the chief threat to Once again, Tocqueville's book turns The downside of the perfection of the human liberty was communism or out to be more true now than when
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Nov 4, 2004
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