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December 14, 2012

Suffocation by the State

“The State extends its arms over society as a whole;

it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them, and directs them; it rarely forces one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one’s acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes, and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.” Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835)

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 14, 2012 12:54 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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