The power of III

Summum ius summa iniuria--More law, less justice
--Cicero.

11 January 2011

Alexis De Tocqueville comments on the current U.S. regime

"After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, 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, Democracy in America, Volume II, Book 4, Chapter 6, published 1840 



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Personally, I take issue with "it does not tyrannize,..."
To me, it does. 

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