**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)