Connect with us

Opinions

“A very dangerous race of citizens.”

Published

on

Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America remains as relevant today as it was in the mid-1800’s. Although the technology available to us today is far superior to that available at the time, his examinations of society and government remain forever relevant.

In the second volume of Democracy in America, he unknowingly foreshadowed the United States in 2017, where the almighty State is often expected to provide our material wants. We the People are slowly losing the desire, and more importantly, the ability to provide for ourselves.

“It is important that this point should be clearly understood. A particular study may be useful to the literature of a people without being appropriate to its social and political wants.”

Essentially, studying theoretical and intellectual topics can be useful for the arts and other creative endeavors, while at the same time be useless, and possibly dangerous, to society as a whole. De Tocqueville goes on to predict the outcome for a society where intellectual studies outnumber the practical.

The result would be a very polished but a very dangerous race of citizens, for as their social and political condition would give them every day a sense of wants, which their education would never teach them to supply, they would perturb [unsettle] the State… instead of enriching it by their productive industry.” (emphasis mine)

In other words, our modern society exposes us daily to the materialistic wants that the global economy has produced. Our education, however, does not expose us to the economic systems and principles that can guide us towards satisfying those wants. We are not graduating with a strong knowledge of industrial and commercial skills.

Over 70 years have gone by since de Tocqueville’s words were published. Rather than alleviating the dangers he foresaw, modern technology has actually exacerbated them. 

Consider the following:

In our pocket, we have instant access to every possible human experience. In a matter of seconds, we can find the most expensive car and the most advanced technology known to man. When our social condition is one where everything is on display with a price tag attached, we become seduced, addicted even, to want everything.

This always apparent gap between where we are and what we want paves the way for ideologues, and will eventually lead to a despotic government. If we continue to neglect to teach practical studies and the principles necessary to succeed in a capitalistic society, we will be priming ourselves for a Utopian (impossible and tyrannical) existence.

I will leave you with Alexis de Tocqueville’s statement regarding the security of the Commonwealth.

“The interest of individuals, as well as the security of the Commonwealth, demands that the education of the greater number should be scientific, commercial and industrial rather than literary.”

Note: Quotes are taken from the Audible version of Democracy in America, narrated by John Pruden. Since volume two was published in 1840, there have been multiple translations so the verbiage may vary from source to source.

Advertisement

0

Democrats

False premises: Gun control push after mass shootings is like the Iraq War after 9/11

Published

on

False premises Gun control push after mass shootings is like the Iraq War after 911

Al Qaeda attacked us on 9/11, so let’s invade Iraq. Most Americans fell for this false logic before President George W. Bush embarked the American military on indefinite actions in the Middle East. It was false and they knew it, but they found intelligence speculating about weapons of mass destruction and ran with it. This was an emotional response to a problem, a response that did not offer a solution to the triggering event.

Today, Democrats have taken on the mantle of establishing false premises to promote seemingly related parts of their agenda. Just as Americans were conned into thinking invading Iraq was somehow going to prevent the next 9/11, Democrats are trying to con us again into believing their legislation is going to stop the next mass shooter. But the facts don’t jibe with their claims. The legislation many Democrats are pushing through is for universal background checks. They’re playing on American ignorance to get their agenda done.

Representative Veronica Escobar’s constituents are the ones affected by the El Paso shooter. This is why she’s being looked to by her caucus to lead the charge to push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring their legislation to the Senate floor. But instead of representing the people of El Paso, she’s using their suffering to guilt Republicans into falling in line with their legislation.

Here’s an inconvenient fact: Had the legislation been in place before the shooting, it would have had zero effect on the outcome. The alleged shooter passed a background check. Why didn’t it stop him? Because in most situations like these, background checks do not work. The purpose of background checks is to prevent criminals and known mentally ill individuals from acquiring firearms. They’re already in place. The legislation to make them “universal” will only harm private sellers and add a new layer of bureaucracy to the mix.

But that fact isn’t stopping Escobar from misleading the people of El Paso into thinking the legislation would have helped them. She knows it wouldn’t and she hopes her constituents are too stupid to realize this.

If we want to slow gun violence, there are ways without gun control. If anything, laws should be looser, not stricter. But Democrats continue to lie to promote their agenda. Their reason: You never let a serious crisis go to waste.

We are currently forming the American Conservative Movement. If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.

American Conservative Movement

Continue Reading

Democrats

Will any Democrats emerge from the bottom like Ted Cruz in 2015?

Published

on

Will any Democrats emerge from the bottom like Ted Cruz in 2015

In the middle of August, 2015, Senator Cruz was in the middle of the pack for the Republican nomination for President. Despite having strong fundraising, he had held back on spending much as others pushed to gain early polling bumps. According the the August Rasmussen poll, Cruz was in 7th place, trailing Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, and even Carly Fiorina. His ranking on betting sites had him even lower with John Kasich and Chris Christie showing better odds of winning the nomination.

By March the following year, he was second to Trump and appeared to be the only candidate who had a shot of beating him. Campaign mistakes, poor coverage by mainstream media, and the audacious style that has become President Trump’s trademark killed off the young Senator’s chances, but his rise from the middle of crowded pack to come in 2nd is noteworthy.

Is there a Ted Cruz in the mix today for the Democrats? Joe Biden enjoys a strong lead. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren combine to match him, so it’s assumed one will drop out and throw support to the other. Kamala Harris still looks strong despite polling losses this month. Pete Buttigieg rounds out the bottom of the top tier candidates, holding on at 5%-10% in most polls.

As for the rest, which one is the 2020 Cruz? Will it be Beto O’Rourke, who has relaunched his campaign (again) to focus on calling everything in America racist? How about Andrew Yang, the businessman who’s going to give everyone $1000 per month? Can Cory Booker finally crack the top tier soon? If it’s going to be anyone, it will be one of these three. The other candidates simply haven’t been noticed by voters or the media.

Perhaps the better question to ask is if there are any Rick Santorum’s among the Democrats. At this point in 2011, Santorum was at 1%. He ended up coming in second to Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination.

We are currently forming the American Conservative Movement. If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.

American Conservative Movement

Continue Reading

Entertainment and Sports

Stop blaming Sony for Spider-Man debacle. It’s Disney’s fault, folk.

Published

on

Stop blaming Sony for Spider-Man debacle Its Disneys fault folk

The Twitterverse is all aflutter over Sony and Disney’s inability to make a new deal that would allow Spider-Man to continue being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nearly every fanboy is outraged at Sony, but this outrage is completely misplaced. It was Disney’s greed that got in the way.

Sony wanted to continue the current deal that brought Spider-Man’s two recent solo-films to the big screen. They were madly successful as star Tom Holland became widely acclaimed as having the best portrayal Spider-Man. But Disney didn’t like the deal because it kept most of the profits in Sony’s hands.

Marvel knew going in that they’d play second fiddle to Sony on all Spider-Man movies. They chose to make the deal for the sake of the MCU and it worked wonders for both companies. But Disney got greedy.

Spider-Man Out of the MCU: Marvel, Sony Can’t Reach Deal

A dispute at the top levels of both companies has essentially resulted in Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige being nixed from future Spider-Man projects, according to Deadline. Disney had asked for a 50/50 co-financing agreement between the two studios on future Spider-Man films. Again according to Deadline’s sources, Sony turned that offer down. Sony proposed keeping the arrangement similar to the terms that dictated the first two Spider-Man MCU films, such that Disney would only receive 5% of first dollar gross. Disney refused that deal.

Sony wanted to keep the deal they both agreed to from the beginning. Disney’s the one who got greedy. Blaming Sony for this is like blaming a divorce on the person who was cheated on. It’s Disney who’s being unfaithful to Sony… and fans.

We are currently forming the American Conservative Movement. If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.

American Conservative Movement

Continue Reading

Facebook

Trending