posted on Mar, 8 2011 @ 03:28 AM
reply to post by Misoir
The above quoted strikes familiar with anyone that has read "Democracy in America" by Alexis d'Tourquiville. While it may be dated, it strikes at
many of the same social and political issues we deal with to this day.
Take for instance the similarities to the following and what the above quoted text is stating: "In America the principle of the sovereignty of the
people is NEIther barren nor concealed, as it is with some other nations; it is recognized by the customs and proclaimed by the laws; it spreads
freely, and arrives without impediment at its most remote consequences If there is a country in the world where the doctrine of the sovereignty of the
people can be fairly appreciated, where it an be studied in its application to the affairs of society, and where its dangers and its advantages may be
judged, that country is assuredly America."
Strikingly different and quite the opposite, for if a philosopher outside of America were to study the peoples' of this nation, I believe they will
not make such an assumption this day in age.
One of my favorite observations of his is when he is commenting on democratic nations love for equality more than freedom.
"I think that democratic communities have a natural taste for freedom; left to themselves, they will seek it, cherish it, and view any privation of
it with regret. But for equality their passion is ardent, insatiable, incessant, invincible; they call for equality in freedom; and if they cannot
obtain that, they still call for equality in slavery. They will endure poverty, servitude, barbarism, but they will not endure aristocracy."
Isn't that the truth...as it is where we are today I believe. In our efforts to make everyone equally free, but if we cannot, there are pockets of a
free society that will call for the equality upon their level; even if that means we bring people down from where they are standing at. If that makes