Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” is arguably the greatest book ever written about our country’s system of government and society. In it, the French scholar/politician takes an in depth look into the various political philosophies associated with early 19th Century America. He succinctly points to what he considers to be the shortcomings of our system. Chief among these shortcomings is what he calls the ‘facade of free-speech’ and ‘the social barriers to free-thinking.’ Tocqueville claims that American society is a big circle (created by majority opinion and kept in place by those who want to dominate society and politics) and, if Americans speak or think outside of this circle – they are punished! BRILLIANT OBSERVATION! You either go along with the ‘in-crowd’ or, you get punished (e.g. you don’t get the promotion or job, you don’t get into certain clubs or organizations, your credibility, integrity and character come under attack, you’re labeled a ‘nut’). But today, the internet is poking holes in the circle! That’s why those in power want to control it – shut it down and monitor people·
The “circle” to which Tocqueville refers, turns the majority into ‘sheeple” toadies – who believe the main stream media’s drivel – who drink their “Kool-Aid” when they are told to do so! This is what Tocqueville warned about: a mind-controlled, non-thinking society!