By Zbigniew Rau, Marek Tracz-Tryniecki
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On Tocqueville’s notion of natural law see: Marek Tracz-Tryniecki, “Natural Law in Tocqueville’s Thought,” Journal of Markets & Morality 11, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 27-30. 99. Samuel Gregg, Becoming Europe: economic decline, culture and how America can avoid a European future, (New York, London: Encounter Books 2012), 159-162, hereafter BE. Marinus Ossewaarde depicts the nature of welfare state in our book. 100. JEI, 116. See also BE, 28, 87-88. 101. See BE, 48-52. 102. This and other examples of the attitude of European leaders towards the referendum are presented in the research note of the Open Europe think tank, titled: “Who’s afraid of a referendum?
The first one is that, Tocqueville is against reducing democracy to free market economy. Politics can not be reduced to economics, too. A society in which everybody seeks his/her own benefit is inacceptable for Tocqueville. Tocqueville, in his projection of democratic society, predicts that human beings should not be dependent on processes independent of themselves. In democratic society, human beings , as individuals, also as citizens, enter into a relationships with one another as equals. At both a social, and a political level, one’s relationship with another is one of the decisive characteristics of democracy.
The question of the reference to God in the preamble to the rejected draft of the EU constitution has been discussed, inter alia, by George Weigel. George Weigel, The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God (New York: Basic Books, 2005). 96. , in annual reports of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians. pdf. 97. Sophie Duchesne, “Waiting for a European Identity … Reflections on the Process of Identification with Europe,” Perspectives on European Politics and Society vol.