Around the World in 80 Days, Day 1: How Do We Compare?

In 1831, French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville came to America.  What started as a review of American prisons became an expedition to search out the source of American strength.  He crisscrossed the country scribbling notes of his observations as he went.  The result was his classic (and remarkably still relevant) work Democracy in America.  Tocqueville hoped his book would give the people of his native France perspective on democracy in their own country and the turbulent times in which they lived.

Francois, a French friend of mine, has been doing something like this for several years now.  From time to time, he visits a different part of the United States, taking lengthy road trips—east and west coasts; the Rockies and the Mississippi Delta; Bourbon Street and Fifth Avenue—all in an effort to explore as much of America as possible.  But not to study the penal system.  Francois has a very different agenda.  He is scouting out where he would like to live and raise his family.

Yes, this modern-day Alexis de Tocqueville has had enough of Europe.  Entrepreneur might be a French word, but its meaning has been eclipsed by other French words like bureaucracy and confiscation

Read the full article at The Daily Caller.

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