by Kim du Toit
I spotted this article from Kim’s site today and thought it worthy of repeating here.
Especially significant is this telling quote from Alexis de Tocqueville:
[Democratic despotism] seeks only to keep them fixed irrevocably in childhood; it likes citizens to enjoy themselves provided that they think only of enjoying themselves… . It willingly works for their happiness; but it wants to be the unique agent and sole arbiter of that; it provides for their security, foresees and secures their needs, facilitates their pleasures, conducts their principal affairs, directs their industry, regulates their estates, divides their inheritances; can it not take away from them entirely the trouble of thinking and the pain of living? … [This power] extends its arms over society as a whole; it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd; … it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes, and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.
Is this not a near perfect description of what our western societies are becoming/have become? Keep the sheep happy and they’ll put up with almost anything..
From what I read of what’s happening in the US, everything is super-regulated these days – you have to have a permit from government to do anything, pretty well. Want to make a change to you house? Heavy fines and pull it down please sir if you do it without a permit. It’s certainly that way here in Australia.
I’ve been aware of these losses of freedom for some time, but Kim’s post of Tocqueville’s words is right on the money, and considering Tocqueville’s words were written in the 1800’s, an almost prophetic look into the future.