Back in the year 1835,
when Tocqueville pondered the political future of the
US and Russia, he wrote,
freedom as the principal means of action;
the other has servitude. Their . . . paths
[are] diverse; nevertheless, each seems
called by some secret design of Providence
one day to hold in its hands the destinies
of half the world."
Take that for a precise political forecast.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Alexis de Tocqueville & Native Americans
While traveling the United States, Alexis
de Tocqueville, a keen observer, wrote into his journal,
"The Americans of the United States do not let their dogs hunt the
Indians as do the Spaniards in Mexico, but at bottom it is the same
pitiless feeling which here, as everywhere else, animates the
"This world here belongs to us, they
tell themselves every day: the Indian race is destined for final
destruction which one cannot prevent and which it is not desirable
to delay. Heaven has not made them to become civilized; it is
necessary that they die. Besides I do not want to get mixed up in
it. I will not do anything against them: I will limit myself to
providing everything that will hasten their ruin. In time I will
have their lands and will be innocent of their death.
"Satisfied with his reasoning, the American goes to church where he
hears the minister of the gospel repeat every day that all men are
brothers, and that the Eternal Being who has made them all in like
image, has given them all the duty to help one another."