This coming at you from Alexis de Toqueville
“So the State is full of solicitude for the happiness of the citizens, but it wants to be the unique agent and the sole (illegible word) of it. It is the State that takes care of providing their security, facilitating their pleasures, directing the principle affairs; the State itself creates roads, digs canals, directs industries, divides inheritances. It may even be able to plow the earth and finally take away from each man even the difficulty of living!
“Equality of conditions has prepared men for all these things; it has disposed them to bear them and often even to regard them as a good.
“This is how, aiding itself sometimes with the vices of men, sometimes with their weaknesses, often with their inexperience, the central power little by little and without effort takes hold of the entire life of a democratic people. It does not tear their rights away from them; their rights are abandoned to it. It does not do violence to mores; it does not overturn ideas, but it gently directs both towards servitude.”
~Alexis de Toqueville, What Type of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear from American Democracy
I was reading a chapter from American Democracy and ran across this bit. Think on it. Especially those parts in bold.
P.S. The part in parentheses that says “illegible word” is because it was transcribed form a notebook.