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Date: 1835
The kind of oppression with which democratic peoples are threatened will resemble nothing that has preceded it in the world . . . . The thing is new, therefore I must try to define it, since I cannot name it. I want to imagine with what new features despotism could be produce in the world: I see an innumerable crowd of like and equal men who revolve on themselves without repose, procuring the small and vulgar pleasures with which they fill their souls . . . . Above [the people] an immense tutelary power is elevated, which alone takes charge of assuring their enjoyments and watching over their fate. It is absolute, detailed, regular, far-seeing, and mild. It would resemble paternal power if like that, if it had for its object to prepare men for manhood; but on the contrary, it seeks only to keep them fixed irrevocably in childhood; it likes citizens to enjoy themselves provided that they think only of enjoying themselves. It willingly works for their happiness; but it wants to be the unique agent and sole arbiter of that; it provides for their security, foresees and secures their needs, facilitates their pleasures, conducts their principal affairs, directs their industry, regulates their estates, divides their inheritances: can it not take away from them entirely the trouble of thinking and the pain of living? So it is that every day it renders the employment of the free will less useful and more rare. It does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.
William Douglas delivering the opinion of the Court for Zorach v. Clauson
Date: April 28, 1952
Ronald Reagan Second Inaugural Address as Governor of California, Sacramento, California
Categories: Citizenship, Government
Date: January 4, 1971
Ronald Reagan Remarks to the U.S. League of Savings Associations, San Francisco, California
Categories: Government
Date: November 14, 1974
Ronald Reagan Often said by Reagan throughout his years in public office
Categories: Bureaucracy, Government
Date: Unknown
Ronald Reagan Interview with Radio News West, Los Angeles, California
Date: December 30, 1974
Ronald Reagan Remarks at a White House luncheon for out-of-town editors and broadcasters.
Date: July 22, 1981
Ronald Reagan Southern GOP Convention, Atlanta, Georgia
Date: December 7, 1983
Ronald Reagan Talk to the administration's female appointees, The White House
Categories: Bureaucracy, Government
Date: February 10, 1982
Ronald Reagan Spirit of America Rally, Atlanta, Georgia
Date: January 26, 1984
Ronald Reagan Remarks at a reception for members of the Associated General Contractors of America
Date: March 16, 1981

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