Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tocqueville on War and Democracy

"There are two things that a democratic people will always find very difficult, to begin a war and to end it."

"No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country."

"All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and the shortest means to accomplish it."

- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Book II, Chapter XXII, Why Democratic Nations Naturally Desire Peace, And Democratic Armies, War

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