A Depraved Taste for Equality

“There is, in fact, a manly and lawful passion for equality that incites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the great; but there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.”

~ Alexis de Toqueville, Democracy in America (p. 56)

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7 thoughts on “A Depraved Taste for Equality”

        1. Thank you, CCT. :) Speaking of De Toqueville and religion, he once wrote,

          “If any hold that the religious spirit which I admire is the very thing most amiss in America, and that the only element wanting to the freedom and happiness of the human race on the other side of the ocean is to believe with Spinoza in the eternity of the world, or with Cabanis that thought is excreted by the brain, I can only reply that those who hold this language have never been in America and that they have never seen a religious or free nation.”

          Great stuff, that. :)

  1. Outstanding quote. I have had this book waiting for me on my shelf… maybe I should tackle it after I’m done with Thucydides…
    -Ben

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