A study in American political optimism. America is full of opportunity, but the pendulum swings from prosperity to poverty, from success to failure. Its up to the industry of the individual to find his success. Roll the clock forward 20 years, and D’Toukfel is in jail as a political prisoner. Democracy in France has failed to a dictator.
He remarks that men want to be free, but they want to also be led. In doing so, they vote away their freedoms. Influence has most impact when it’s directed to the masses, not leaders.
What seems to make democracy work? Faith in man’s perfectibility, poised, religious, and very enlightened. Having a balance of equality and liberty. There needs to be a national morality, with free institutions. Rather than a dictator, or a despot, it needs self governing, self regulating bodies. Absolute equality under one man isn’t liberty, though it may be democracy if that’s what the people voted for.
Liberty needs to be in regard to valuing mankind, not the liberty of a ruler. Democracy needs a system of justice, law, order, religious belief. Is libertyy defined as the love of freedom, or simply the hate of a master? Liberty should be with no master from government, but being mastered by God and the law.
Liberty in a democracy means you’re not entirely independent, and not entirely free, giving up certain freedoms to stay balanced, and becoming successful and great.