De Tocqueville Analysis

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De Tocqueville Essay by Abbi Lavine De Tocqueville, in his warning to France, argues that a free republic needs God more than despotism or monarchy. He begins saying that there are people who desire a change in government from monarchy to a republic to gain freedom. These people want a republic but they don’t want God. They don’t want morals and the Deity hanging over their heads and they certainly don’t want a monarch lording over them. Basically, they don’t want any chains, whether in the form of religion or government. This idea, a republic without God, is impossible. De Tocqueville argues that while despotism can govern without faith, liberty cannot. The only way that this form of government would succeed would be if the people in the republic were perfect, thus leading to a perfectible society. This…show more content…
Psalms 51:1 tells us that we have been sinful since conception. Romans 3:23 states that there is none who does good. There is nothing we can do to change our nature – we are inherently evil and incapable of reaching righteousness. Nevertheless, there is an undeniable part of us that longs for justice and even a part of us that thirsts for God, even if we don’t know who He is. Still, a caterpillar can desire to be a butterfly all it likes, but without God’s power, it will never be one. If we rely on our human nature to run a republic, what is known to be a ‘perfect’ society, because of our depravity, it will inevitably fall apart. Isaiah 33:22 tells us that God is our king, lawgiver, and judge. Because He is perfect and holy, this form of “government” saves us. In a monarchy, a fallen human being attempts to take on these three positions and in doing so, becomes the god – like figure for the society. Consequentially, he is their religion and they do not need God as much as a society that divides the positions between
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