Analects of the Core: Tocqueville on complacent legislators

Today’s analect relates to CC203′s study of the foundation of social sciences:

Propitious circumstances and good laws might succeed in drawing to the legislature of a democratic people men very superior to those who are returned by the Americans to Congress ; but nothing will ever prevent the men of slender abilities who sit there from obtruding themselves with complacency, and in all ways, upon the public.

- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (courtesy of google books, p. 112) translated by Henry Reeve, Esq.

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