Principium Volume I, Book 5, Quote 549, 552, 554

549. (11-6-2009) What resistance can be offered by manners of so pliant a make that they have already often yielded? What strength can even public opinion have retained, when no twenty persons are connected by a common tie; when not a man, nor a family, nor chartered corporation, nor class, nor free institution, has the power of representing or exerting that opinion; and when every citizen – being equally weak, equally poor, and equally dependent – has only his personal impotence to oppose to the organized force of the government?

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

(Separate us, divide us, place labels upon us so that we will not come together under one distinct banner as Americans, united under a flag that stands for freedom. We won’t come together by building up walls of hatred, but by pulling down walls and coming together under common interests of safety, security, prosperity, and happiness. It won’t happen divided, it cannot, “United we stand, divided we fall.)ATJ


552. The permanent evils to which mankind is subjected are usually produced by the vehement or the increasing efforts of men; but there is one calamity which penetrated furtively into the world, and which was at first scarcely distinguished amidst the ordinary abuses of power; it originated with an individual whose name has not been preserved; it was wafted like some accursed germ upon a portion of the soil, but it afterwards nurtured itself, grew without effort, and spreads naturally with the society to which it belongs. I need scarcely add that this calamity is slavery. Christianity suppressed slavery , but the Christians of the sixteenth century re-established it – as an exception, indeed, to their social system, and restricted to one of the races of mankind; but the wound thus inflicted upon humanity, though less extensive, was at the same time rendered far more difficult to cure.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

(We must admit, there have been ugly warts attached to this nation at times.)ATJ


554. A century had scarcely elapsed since the foundation of the colonies (early 1600s)ATJ, when the attention of the planters was struck by the extraordinary fact, that the provinces which were comparatively destitute of slaves, increased in population, in wealth, and in prosperity more rapidly than those which contained the greatest number of negroes [sic]….Time, however, continued to advance, and the Anglo-Americans, spreading beyond the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, penetrated farther and farther into the solitudes [sic] of the West;…but in the midst of all these causes, the same result occurred to every step, and in general, the colonies in which there were no slaves became more populous and more rich than those in which slavery flourished. The more progress was made, the more was it shown that slavery, which is so cruel to the slave, is prejudicial to the master.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

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