"In this book, Peter Lawler presents a lucid and comprehensive introduction to a diverse set of political issues according to Tocqueville. Democracy and Its Friendly Critics addresses a variety of modern political and social concerns, such as the moral dimension of democracy, the theoretical challenges to democracy in our time, the religious dimension of liberty, and the meaning of work in contemporary American Life. Taking innovative and unexpected approaches toward familiar topics, the essays present engaging insights into a democratic society, and the contributors include some of today's leading figures in political philosophy. No other collection on Tocqueville addresses contemporary American political issues in such a direct and accessible fashion, making this book a valuable resource for the study of political theory in America."
There are many ways to read Tocqueville, but the authors of the essays collected in this extraordinary volume read him in the best way -- as a partner in conversation about some of the most important issues confronting us today: democracy, America, and the fate of democracy in America.--Damon Linker, Editor, FIRST THINGS