Saturday, May 9, 2009

Read George Will

From George Will's column in the Washington Post:

In "Democracy in America," Alexis de Tocqueville anticipated people being governed by "an immense, tutelary power" determined to take "sole charge of assuring their enjoyment and of watching over their fate." It would be a power "absolute, attentive to detail, regular, provident and gentle," aiming for our happiness but wanting "to be the only agent and the sole arbiter of that happiness." It would, Tocqueville said, provide people security, anticipate their needs, direct their industries and divide their inheritances. It would envelop society in "a network of petty regulations -- complicated, minute and uniform." But softly: "It does not break wills; it softens them, bends them, and directs them" until people resemble "a herd of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."

Perhaps subconsciously the New Liberal Democrats stole Tocqueville's message, maybe not, but our point is the same:


Geoff said...

Wow, how forward thinking! But then again, maybe not. History really does repeat doesn't it? What's old is new again. Yet our leaders try to convince us that this time socialism will work. Despite all historical evidence, they rail against choice and freedom and instead preach collectivism and government consolidation. And we buy it.

It's rather depressing. The New Liberal Democrats have our work cut our for us.

And George Will is one cool cat!

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