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'Society Will Develop a New Kind of Servitude...' -- Alexis De Tocqueville

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“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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Cross-posted from EdDriscoll.com