Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) predicted almost 200 years ago that above the “crowd of similar and equal men” in a democracy will emerge “an immense and tutelary power” which will create a new kind of despotism: 1/
"After having thus taken each individual one by one into its powerful hands, and having molded him as it pleases, the sovereign power extends its arms over the entire society; 2/
it covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated, minute, and uniform rules, which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot break through to go beyond the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them and directs them; 3/
it rarely forces action, but it constantly opposes your acting; it does not destroy, it prevents birth; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, it represses, it enervates, it extinguishes, it stupifies, and finally... 4/
it reduces each nation to being nothing more than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd." Sound familiar? 5/5 theamericanstorypodcast.org/episode/democr…

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