Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Drip, Drip, Drip...

"...I think, then, that the species of oppression by which democratic nations are menaced is unlike anything that ever before existed in the world…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."

When was this written?

A)  2012
B)  1978
C)  1937
D)  1835

"What difference, at this point, does it matter?"


LL said...

Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835.

The song remains the same.

Brighid said...

1835 (Oh I see LL has been here long before me)
People do not write so clearly today, and understand less.