I am not a big fan of Tocqueville's writings; his assessment of a young democracy is off at many levels. Certainly there is no love lost between American intellectual and Tocqueville. The European criticism of Americanism is nothing new, rather the desire to criticize America is infectious among Europeans. Brother Javaid's posts tend to have that European 'attitude.' This ongoing tif between Europe and America is getting old. The criticism that matters is the one against the global democracies about which Dr. Shabbir has written so insightfully.
The current democratic practices are being adopted across many civilizations around the globe: The Asians - Japan, S Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philipines, The South Asians, and The Baltics. China is mixing authoritarian rule with capitalism with devastating efficiency, and India is imposing capitalism on top of local and corrupt democratic institutions providing unparalleled power to corporations. In all this, care for human dignity is an after thought. The developed and semi-developed nations have not eliminated poverty in their societies and these nations assume a persistent 5% - 10% rate of poverty as a given in their economic forecasts.
The Qur-an provides the only blueprint for a human civilization that is good for humans and this Earth.