In the last years, we have repeatedly come across the idea that the U.S. is a deeply divided country. When you think about it, the (hypothetical) reasons for a separation among the population of the U.S. could be many: Democrats … Continue reading
Landing in Berlin was the moment we understood that our Tocqueville-roadtrip was definitely over. On one hand we were happy to be home again, but on the other we already missed being on the road, meeting new people, learning new … Continue reading
On election day, we had the great opportunity to talk to Richard. T. Arndt. Mr. Arndt started his career as a professor for 18th-century literature at Columbia University before taking up cultural diplomacy with the US Information Agency and the … Continue reading
Ohio is probably the most important battle ground state in this election and the race there is very close. According to the latest CNN poll, Obama leads Romney by 3 percent. Both candidates will campaign in Ohio repeatedly before November … Continue reading
We just had a great time in Louisville (Kentucky) thanks to our host Mike. He’s only 27 but has already run a restaurant, finished a master’s degree in sport administration – and served for a year in Iraq. We had … Continue reading
“Slavery recedes, but the prejudice to which it has given birth is immovable.” Those were the words of Alexis de Tocqueville in 1835 and unfortunately his prophecy proved to be right for many decades to come. Some prejudices and cases … Continue reading
Yesterday, we spoke to Randy and Benjamin at the volunteer organisation Hands On New Orleans. We wanted to know how well the city has recovered from Hurricane Katrina.
In the race between Obama and Romney, more money is spent on campaigning than in any previous election. Where is this money coming from? There are three main types of campaign financing in this election.
Detroit is a fascinating place. Driving around, you see many abandoned homes and industrial buildings. Former parking lots are grown over with grass and small trees. A large part of the population has moved away. And yet, we really liked … Continue reading
Thanks to our hosts Amanda, Anna and Diego, we just had a wonderful time in Buffalo (and at Niagara falls, here are some pictures). All three of them are very active in their community, organising various volunteer programs.
Early this morning we left Utica for Ithaca. To be fair, Tocqueville never went to Ithaca. He stopped at Syracuse and continued to Auburn to see the prison. This prison was considered the most modern of its kind in the … Continue reading
We’re in Albany right now, some 150 miles up the Hudson River from New York City. We couchsurfed and stayed with Patrick and Torben. They were telling us a little about the city, which won the All-America City Award in … Continue reading
I had never heard about Yonkers – until recently. I was reading a book in which the city of Yonkers, just bordering the Bronx, plays a central role. The book was World War Z by Max Brooks. Now, for all … Continue reading
Equality is one of the key concepts in Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. “Nothing struck me more forcibly than the general equality of condition among the people”, he wrote. Yet, what did he mean by equality? Today, we spoke to Professor … Continue reading
At Union Square station on the New York subway, we met people from the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). They were asking people to register as voters for the upcoming elections. In our video, their project coordinator explains … Continue reading