"Upon close inspection, it will be seen that there is in every age some peculiar and preponderating fact with which all others are connected; this fact almost always gives birth to some pregnant idea or some ruling passion, which attracts to itself, and bears away in its course, all the feelings and opinions of the time: it is like a great stream, towards which each of the surrounding rivulets seems to flow. Freedom has appeared in the world at different times and under various forms; it has not been exclusively bound to any social condition, and it is not confined to democracies."
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http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/de-tocqueville/democra … -america/ch27.htm
ПП: Мога и на староруски да го драсна, но и там е толквоа объркващо написан