In 1835, Alexis de Tocqueville predicted the 2012 elections by directorblue Alexis de Tocqueville was a French historian who traveled the United States from 1832 to 1834. He was struck by the character of American life that knew no class structure and rewarded hard work as a means of achieving prosperity. Without an aristocracy, American society promoted capitalism through individual achievement. The common man, he wrote, had achieved a level of personal dignity in America that was unparalleled in Europe or elsewhere. A very interesting read @ Doug Ross @ Journal: DO REPUBLICANS REALLY NEED TO "MODERNIZE THE MESSAGE"? In 1835, Alexis de Tocqueville predicted the 2012 elections It's interesting to read of the dangers of democracy. Probably why our Founders did NOT set up this nation as a democracy.