Thursday, May 2, 2019

Alexis de Tocqueville On "What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear"

" immense and tutelary power......absolute, minute, regular, provident, and the authority of a parent, if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood...….It compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, til each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."..……….Can't say that the guy didn't warn us, huh (the fact that the two main parties have created such a behemoth bureaucratic monstrosity that the thought of even trimming it modestly seems too daunting at this stage - not that any of them appear to have this proclivity anyway)?

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