Friday, March 06, 2009

Implementing the perversion the Left has long dreamed of

"Michael Ledeen on Tocqueville on Us [Andy McCarthy]

"The tyranny [Tocqueville] foresees for us does not have much in common with the vicious dictatorships of the last century, or with contemporary North Korea, Iran, or Saudi Arabia. He apologizes for lacking the proper words with which to define it.

but minute and meddling.” The vision and even the language anticipate Orwell’s 1984, or Huxley’s Brave New World.

Tocqueville describes the new tyranny as “an immense and tutelary power,” and its task is to watch over us all,

  • and regulate every aspect of our lives.

It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which

We will not be bludgeoned into submission; we will be seduced. He foresees the collapse of American democracy as the end result of

  • the corruption of our character, and


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