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Single Idea 22673

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 1. A People / b. The natural life]

Full Idea

The village or township is the only association which is so perfectly natural that, wherever a number of men are collected, it seems to constitute itself.

Gist of Idea

Wherever there is a small community, the association of the people is natural


Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy in America (abr Renshaw) [1840], 1.04)

Book Reference

Tocqueville,Alexis de: 'Democracy in America (abridged)', ed/tr. Renshaw,Patrick [Wordsworth 1998], p.35

A Reaction

Seems like a chicken and egg issue. I would have thought that association precedes the development of a village.