How De Tocqueville foresaw Obama and the progressives, part two

Posted by: Phineas on April 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Early nineteenth century prose isn’t easy reading (meandering to the point, it seems, was an art form, then), but I’m going to have to knuckle under and read De Tocqueville’s works; the man was obviously a political Nostradamus. Here he is describing one of progressivism’s defining characteristics to a “T:”

“A man’s admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.”

Wilson. Obama. This condescending attitude toward the ordinary man and faith in government experts reeks from the two men who bookend the last century of the transformed presidency.

via Steven Hayward

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

RSS feed for comments on this post.

6 Responses to “How De Tocqueville foresaw Obama and the progressives, part two”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    “The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”– John Stuart Mill. Obhammud? Case in point?

  2. Phineas says:


    I often pull out that quote when arguing with pacifists. :)

  3. Carlos says:

    How could De Tocqueville know Obama from such an earlier time? Talk about prescient!

  4. Mitch says:

    History does repeat itself, Carlos. No matter the century, the same despots and criminals still seem to inhabit whatever government that happens to exist at the time. History is also filled with wise men. De Tocqueville was one of them. Why are we all so amazed that there were great thinkers throughout history? History is filled with great people. We didn’t invent intelligence all of a sudden here in the Twentieth Century. Intelligence has been on the landscape for quite some time now. What we seem to have invented is mass stupidity. We apparently have a knack for it. Question is, can we manage to recover from our own stupidity. I give us one chance in three.

  5. LindaF says:

    I actually downloaded Democracy in America to my Kindle, but haven’t made it a priority to read it – I’m going to bump it to the top of my To-Do list.

  6. Treason says:

    I give us less chance than that if people who randomly quote others and consider themselves “intellectual” for doing so don’t understand that it is the 21st century and has been for quite some time…