Wednesday, July 14, 2021

De Tocqueville: Americans do not converse; they argue

"Man. Was I right about Americans
or was I right?"
“To set foot on American soil is to find oneself in tumultuous surroundings. A confused clamor proceeds from every quarter. A thousand voices assail the ear simultaneously, each giving expression to some social need. Everywhere things are in an uproar.

The great political fervor that keeps American legislatures in a state of constant agitation is the only part of this vast movement that can be seen from abroad, but it is merely an episode in something much larger, and in a way an extension of it; something that begins in the lowest ranks of the populace and from there spreads through all classes of citizens one after another.

No one can work harder at being happy than Americans do.

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