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October 14th, 2013 - 5:01 pm

“Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1959).

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This is where you definitely should
"read the whole thing".
I'm 3/4 throguh a rereading of "Democracy in America". It is indeed a scary thing. The Age of Reason had no problem forecasting what could happen under different scenarios, but his correlation with today's unfolding events is truly uncanny.
He said that if we ever lost our maoral height, laws would soon become oppressive, and lawyers would use that to establish them as the new aristocracy.
Pretty smart Frog, eh?
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(1805-1959)

Well, the man saw a lot of history.
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This is what happens when someone lives for 154 years, lol. Still the quote timelessly precise.
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Terry Gilliam's Brazil was not intended to be a how to manual.
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