Quotes from Democracy in America

In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United State of America, taking advantage of his trip to study American society.  With his extensive experience of European culture, and also of the multitudinous French constitutions and revolutions that had agitated his home country for many years, he was able to bring a well-educated, insightful perspective to bear on the subject of democracy.  Tocqueville’s goal was much broader than just describing American society; he set out to analyze it, figure out what was inherent in the democratic systems and what was peculiar to the Americans, and ultimately to lay bare the strengths and weaknesses of democracy as a form of government.

“America is… a free country, in which, lest anybody should be hurt by your remarks, you are not allowed to speak freely of private individuals, or of the State, of the citizens or of the authorities, of public or of private undertakings, or, in short, of anything at all, except it be of the climate and the soil; and even then Americans will be found ready to defend either the one or the other, as if they had been contrived by the inhabitants of the country.”

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Shinmizu Village

What do you get when you smash Venice and Japan together on the edge of a cliff? Welcome to Shinmizu village, where small canals thread their way between houses before rushing over the rocks in foamy waterfalls, where arabesque domes stand side-by-side flowering Japanese-style trees, and where your backyard could be a sheer cliff.

This build was a collaborative effort between myself and my brother Robert4168/Garmadon.  We spent about one month on it, including a pretty intensive last week!

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