- You are completely wrong as my breakdown of that quote displayed in the magnificent splendor that most of my writings are known for.
- AS was correct in pointing out that I had confused the Quote from Toqueville that he had posted with the section of Democracy in America that Dave thought was the source of these ideas.
That said, the fact remains that Toqueville agreed with the ideas that Dave’s quote encapsulated and wrote about them in multiple places at multiple times, that is why the various versions of the quote that Dave posted are so often attributed to Toqueville.
Here is another instance;
> That political freedom in its excesses may compromise the tranquillity, the property, the lives of individuals is obvious even to narrow and unthinking minds. On the contrary, none but attentive and clear-sighted men perceive the perils with which equality threatens us, and they commonly avoid pointing them out. They know that the calamities they apprehend are remote and flatter themselves that they will only fall upon future generations, for which the present generation takes but little thought.
> The evils that freedom sometimes brings with it are immediate; they are apparent to all, and all are more or less affected by them. The evils that extreme equality may produce are slowly disclosed; they creep gradually into the social frame; they are seen only at intervals; and at the moment at which they become most violent, habit already causes them to be no longer felt.
> The passion for equality penetrates on every side into men’s hearts, expands there, and fills them entirely. Tell them not that by this blind surrender of themselves to an exclusive passion they risk their dearest interests; they are deaf. Show them not freedom escaping from their grasp while they are looking another way; they are blind, or rather they can discern but one object to be desired in the universe.
> What I have said is applicable to all democratic nations
Toqueville knew what every thinking mind that has experienced the reality of human nature as it plays out in day to day lives has learned, that Democracy as a stand alone system sucks and cannot endure; democratic components must be tempered by a Constitution to protect the minorities from the majorities and a structure of stated absolute INDIVIDUAL Rights that are continually taught and which exist above the whims of the democratic elements of the structure.
If Toqueville had heard someone say "Democracies will endure only until the people discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury" (or any of the other versions of this axiom) he would have applauded and said ***“Mind if I use that?***”
But please continue pretending that Toqueville shares your affinity for Direct Democracy if it means you will keep posting declarative statements and accusations with no substantiation, these voids speak quite clearly in themselves.