***Waayy *** to late for you to even go there.
Reread what I said about a page ago concerning what Democracy in America actually identified as the greatest threat to America.
You are trying to insist that Dave’s phrase is in the book. But it is not. **FACT. **
Why isn’t it in there? Because the exploitation of the public purse was something Alexis de Tocqueville assigned to bad actor politicians. Not the public a large. To him, the real threat was soft despotism:
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Control. Bureaucracy. Isolation. These are the things he concluded could destroy America, because of the American public’s unwillingness to organize centrally, and their pursuit of material wealth and pleasures eclipsing their education and self-betterment.
It is a subtle point, much more rich in its analysis, and far more accurate to the problems we suffer from now.
Talk up Dave’s phrase all you want, but I, I don’t want trite words, I don’t want generalizations, I don’t want errors. I’ll take what he actually said, because it’s both more relevant, and more useful.
> Typical leftist thinking, the truth does not matter the process to get there is the only thing that counts.
Capitalism is a continuous process of Trial & error, so are the social laboratories embodied by the states. This is one of their strengths.
Socialism OTOH denies almost any process, insisting we automatically know what needs to be affirmed, what posits of human nature can conditioned or “educated” out of people, who can simply be killed, to forge a new society of Stakhanovites.
Experimentation and creativity die. The Soviets had some brilliant engineers and mathematicians, but they were always hobbled by the system that ruled them; one that never allowed for anyone to take lead on anything.