Democracy vs. Socialism


“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” — Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville (July 29, 1805 – April 16, 1859) was a French political historian best known for, ‘Democracy in America’ (Two Volumes: 1835 and 1840) and ‘The Old Regime and the Revolution’ (1856). In both works, he researched the state and effects of the rising ‘equality’ in western societies.

For the same message from a more contemporary source, here is Fr. Andrew, a Roman Catholic priest, at the 2012 Colorado Republican State Assembly and Convention in the Magness Arena at the University of Denver. Note: the below clip has been edited to remove religious references not related to the subject; i.e. Democracy vs. Socialism


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