Principium Volume I, Book 4, Quote 464 and 465

464. In the nations by which the sovereignty of the people is recognized every individual possesses an equal share of power, and participates alike in the government of the State. Every individual is, therefore, supposed to be as well informed, as virtuous, and as strong as any of his fellow-citizens. He obeys the government, not because he is inferior to the authorities which conduct it, or that he is less capable than his neighbor of governing himself, but because he knows that no such association can exist without a regulation force. If he be a subject in all that concerns the mutual relations of citizens, he is free and responsible to God alone for all that concerns himself. Hence arises the maxim that every one is the best and sole judge of his own private interest, and that society has no right to control a man’s actions, unless they are prejudicial to the common weal, or unless the common weal demands his co-operation. This doctrine is universally admitted in the United States.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

(Therefore, if the assumption is that man should be free to govern or judge for himself regarding his own acts, the key or the debate would be made as follows; considering societies benefit – if each man is free to govern himself, his acts under God, then he automatically assumes the self-restrictions of all the rules and commandments that he believes or is taught that God gives, and for societies sake he binds himself to them with the belief that God does not change with time. Society, then, becomes subject to stable, orderly, and constant actions and institutions. However, if he (man) is free to govern himself, not by God, but by his own precepts for society’s sake, then we know that man’s philosophy of right and wrong is ever changing. And under the duress of fear, power, love, or other passionate urgings, men will even change deeply held personal philosophies of right and wrong. Society thus becomes subject to all good and bad passions of all men incorporating the Society.)ATJ

465. For in the United States it is believed, and with truth, that patriotism is a kind of devotion which is strengthened by ritual observance. In this manner the activity of the township is continually perceptible; it is daily manifested in the fulfillment of a duty or the exercise of a right, and a constant though gentle motion is thus kept up in society which animates without disturbing it.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

(This idea has changed to many Americans ridiculing and marginalizing those who would claim patriotism, while others invent and assume rights that they want the government to guarantee.)ATJ

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