Joe Rogan and Alexis de Tocqueville dish out tough love Americans need

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What does Joe Rogen have to do with Alexis de Tocqueville? Why should you listen to one and read the other? Let me show you.

When Alexis de Tocqueville wrote Democracy in America, he was amazed at how much Americans cherished equality (of opportunity) and liberty, going so far as to say: “Men are there seen on a greater equality in point of fortune and intellect, or, in other words, more equal in their strength, than in any other country of the world, or in any age of which history has preserved the remembrance.”

However, he also knew that the notion of equality could be warped in ways detrimental to the long-term health of the nation:

“There is … a manly and lawful passion for equality which incites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the…

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