A great man and a great quotation

Posted by Helen Friday, August 17, 2012 ,

This picture of Alexis de Tocqueville, one of the truly great political writers of modern history, was found on a Facebook site, entitled Federalist Papers. It sums what is wrong with a great deal of modern politics and predicts the failure of liberal constitutionalism in its ability to deal with mass democracy.


  1. S.M. MacLean Says:
  2. Tocqueville’s contemporary, Frédéric Bastiat, made a similar observation in The Law:

    ...when plunder is organised by law for the profit of those who make the law, all the plundered classes try somehow to enter — by peaceful or revolutionary means — into the making of laws. According to their degree of enlightenment, these plundered classes may propose one of two entirely different purposes when they attempt to attain political power: either they may wish to stop lawful plunder, or they may wish to share in it.

  3. Helen Says:
  4. Thank you. A very apt parallel. Another great man.

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