Principium Volume I, Book 4, Quote 495, 496, 499

495. The pains which are taken to create parties are inconceivable, and at the present day it is no easy task. In the United States there is no religious animosity, because all religion is respected, and no sect is predominant; there is no jealousy of rank, because the people is everything, and none can contest its authority; lastly, there is no public indigence to supply the means of agitation, (here lets think of Saul Alinsky and community organizing tactics – the politics of division and envy – or divide and conquer)ATJ because the physical position of the country opens so wide a field to industry that man is able to accomplish the most surprising undertakings with his own native resources.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

(Today we see a great deterioration of these concepts, and great divisions and disrespect arise, with larger and larger public indigence to foment and agitate by men who seek power.)ATJ Our history is such that we were one people and sought prosperity and growth.


496. The two chief weapons which parties use in order to ensure success are the public press and the formation of associations.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835


499. The citizen of the United States is taught from his earliest infancy to rely upon his own exertions in order to resist the evils and the difficulties of life; he looks upon social authority with an eye of mistrust and anxiety, and he only claims its assistance when he is quite unable to shift without it. This habit may even be traced in the schools of the rising generation, where the children in their games are wont to submit to rules which they have themselves established, and to punish misdemeanors which they have themselves defined. The same spirit pervades every act of social life. If a stoppage occurs in a thoroughfare, and the circulation of the public is hindered, the neighbors immediately constitute a deliberative body; and this extemporaneous assembly gives rise to an executive power which remedies the inconvenience before anybody has thought of recurring to an authority superior to that of the persons immediately concerned….in the United States associations are established to promote public order, commerce, industry, morality, and religion; for there is no end which the human will, seconded by the collective exertions of individuals, despairs of attaining.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

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