He Said That? 10/12/17

From Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–1859), French diplomat, political scientist, and historian, Democracy in America (1835, 1840):

Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise 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.

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