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“Some Men Kiss Their Chains”

No Show Trials, No Mass Graves

This hadn’t occurred to me before, the part I bolded below, I mean:

I was always struck by Alexis de Tocqueville’s comment that Americans were on the way to being a democratic people long before establishing a democratic government. We served on colonial juries where we listened to both sides before we rendered judgment on our fellow citizens. We had professional, civic, and social institutions that taught us how to work together. We fought the Revolutionary War against the British Crown, a war in which perhaps a third of our citizens were on the British side and yet after the war there were no show trials, no recriminations, no mass graves. To do it the other way around—to begin with a democratic government and hope for a people with a democratic outlook and habits to grow as a result—is more often than not a fool’s errand…. Don’t all people yearn for freedom?” we have asked. And we assume the answer is yes. But the answer is no. Some people, perhaps most people, prefer other goods. Indeed, some people would rather be holy than free, or safe than free, or be instructed in how they should lead their lives rather than be free. Many prefer the comfort of strong answers already given rather than the openness and hazards of freedom. There are those who would never dream of substituting their will for the imam’s or pushing their desires over the customs and traditions of their families. Some men kiss their chains.

John Agresto, writing in Commentary

I wonder how rare this is in the history of revolutions?  –  Guffaw

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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6 thoughts on ““Some Men Kiss Their Chains”

  1. Extremely rare.
    Of course, every revolution is different because so many factors play into them. But, in the case of most revolutions, so much hatred and frustration have built up before the “explosion” that ideals are often pushed aside for the satisfaction of vengeance.

    Posted by Tomi | June 6, 2014, 7:25 am
    • Funny it didn’t happen here…
      There was certainly much hatred and frustration building up?

      Posted by guffaw1952 | June 6, 2014, 7:35 am
      • Yes, but nothing on the scale that precipitated the French or Russian Revolutions (just as a few examples). As high-handed and disdainfully the British treated the colonists, it was nothing like the brutality and starvation the common French and common Russian people experienced under their pre-revolutionary regimes.

        Posted by Tomi | June 6, 2014, 7:52 am
      • Maybe it’s cyclic? That’s why the Russians are going back to their statist roots and engaging in domestic and foreign entanglements.
        And it will happen again.

        Posted by guffaw1952 | June 6, 2014, 7:56 am
  2. I would say VERY rare…

    Posted by oldnfo | June 6, 2014, 3:03 pm

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