02 April 2010

A Voice from the Past

... the principles on which the constitutions of the American states rest, the principles of order, balance of powers, true liberty, and sincere and deep respect for law, are indispensable for all republics; they should be common to them all; and it is safe to forecast that where they are not found the republic will soon have ceased to exist.

- Alexis de Tocqueville (1848) preface to 12th ed. of Democracy in America

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