Alexis de Tocqueville on the Need for Religion in Self-Governing Societies

Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot.  Religion is…more needed in democratic republics than in any others.  How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie be not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed?   –  Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835)

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