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Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Definition of Evil



The Winter Wonderland of Canada



The definition of evil is to wipe the smile off a child's face. 
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Lesson Learned: You don't need a government.  You only need something that acts like a government, and the Iron Law and mewling fear will get you every time.  "Don't do that!" our caretakers warn us.  "Something might happen!"

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It would seem that if despotism were to be established among the democratic nations of our days, it might assume a different character; it would be more extensive and more mild; it would degrade men without tormenting them. ....
 

It covers the surface of society with a net-work of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided: men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting 


[I]t is especially dangerous to enslave men in the minor details of life... Subjection in minor affairs breaks out every day and is felt by the whole community indiscriminately.  It does not drive men to resistance, but it crosses them at every turn, till they are led to surrender the exercise of their own will.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America 

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