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Single Idea 22680

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 2. Population / b. State population]

Full Idea

If none but small nations existed, I do not doubt that mankind would be more happy and more free.

Gist of Idea

People would be much happier and freer in small nations


Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy in America (abr Renshaw) [1840], 1.07)

Book Reference

Tocqueville,Alexis de: 'Democracy in America (abridged)', ed/tr. Renshaw,Patrick [Wordsworth 1998], p.70

A Reaction

In modern times many small states have appeared in Europe (in the Balkans and on the Baltic), and it looks to me a good thing. The prospect of Scottish independence may currently be looming, and De Tocqueville would approve.