I’ve been reading Alexis DeToqueville’s Democracy In America, and came across an absolutely brilliant depiction of Americans and democratic peoples in general.
I wasn’t sure I agreed with him. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized he was, and is, quite correct.
He writes (emphasis is mine) —
I think that democratic peoples have a natural taste for freedom; left to themselves they will seek it, they love it, and they will see themselves parted from it only with sorrow. But for equality they have an ardent, insatiable, eternal, invincible passion; they want equality in freedom, and, if they cannot get it, they still want it in slavery. They will tolerate poverty, enslavement, barbarism, but they will not tolerate aristocracy.