Alexis de Tocqueville was a fucking prophet. I’m thinking of starting a religion. Can anyone guess what I’m reading? Here’s a hint:
A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
Well, here’s another:
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
And finally, here’s the proof of his Divine Gift:
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.
A prophet, I tell you. It’s enough to make you believe in the Divine. Well, it’s enough to convince me that Tocqueville was brilliant. [Full Disclosure: I found the quotes above on some website. I didn’t have the sense to write anything down while reading Democracy in America. So the quotes could come from some other Tocqueville work.] At any rate, go read. It’s scary good.
Oh, and what a coincidence! It seems I’m not the only one with Tocqueville traipsing through the thinker.