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Alexis de Tocqueville on modern democracy’s gentle suffocation of the human spirit and the importance of local government

  • By: Ralf S. Willems
  • “It does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them and directs them; it rarely forces action, but it constantly opposes your acting; it does not destroy, it prevents birth; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, it represses, it enervates, it extinguishes, it stupifies, and finally it reduces each nation to being nothing more than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
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