Alexis de Tocqueville

Posted: October 14, 2007 in Uncategorized
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I’ve never read his book. Gosh there are too many books I want to read. Darnitall life just gets in the way of my hobbies. I’ve decided I should have a daily Alexis de Tocqueville phrase. The guy traveled around the US in the early days of the republic, made pithy observations, and wrote a book. It probably should be required reading in high schools but I won’t hold my breath on that one. I mean…we have stuff about Che, Fidel, Mao and all that to read about. Such noble personages. The writings of Jefferson, Smith, Locke are just nothing compared to them. But I did like this quote:

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

That was one smart Frenchman.

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