October 20, 2011

Tocqueville on Cantor and Occupy Wall Street

"Despotism, which is fearful by nature, looks upon the isolation of men as the surest guarantee of its own duration and ordinarily does all it can to insure that isolation.... ...a despot will be quick to forgive the people he governs for not loving him, provided they do not love one another....  Minds that aspire to combine their efforts to promote the common prosperity he [a despot] calls disruptive and restless, and, altering the natural meaning of words, he calls those who keep strictly to themselves "good citizens." -- Democracy in America, Alexis De Tocqueville (Translation by Arthur Goldhammer), Volume 2, Part II, Chapter 4
House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor said: "I for one am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country."

Let's *not* be Cantor's version of good citizens, please.

Good citizens help form their country.  They show up and participate.


There's a nice instance of showing up in the previous post (also from today) just below:

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