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Forum Post: The more things change the more they stay the same

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 21, 2012, 4:29 p.m. EST by mantis1 (28)
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We have within the nation a power largely controlled by alien elements, which arrogates to itself a power above the State, and has used that influence to drive flaccid governments of all political parties along the high road to disaster... No State can tolerate within its body the irresponsible superiority of such power.

The above is a quote from a writer in the early 20th century. It has been this way for a long time.



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[-] 1 points by ithink (761) from York, PA 12 years ago

There is, indeed, a most dangerous passage in the history of a democratic people. When the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education and their experience of free institutions, the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint at the sight of new possessions they are about to obtain. In their intense and exclusive anxiety to make a fortune they lose sight of the close connection that exists between the private fortune of each and the prosperity of all.

-Alex de Tocqueville (1805-1859), Democracy in America, tr. Henry Reeve 1945

[-] 1 points by mantis1 (28) 12 years ago

Very true.

[-] 1 points by ThunderclapNewman (1083) from Nanty Glo, PA 12 years ago

So, you're going to tell us from whom this quote is?