Democracy in America Print
By Alexis de Toqueville   
Tuesday, 16 June 2009

It is therefore always necessary, however it happens, that we encounter authority somewhere in the intellectual and moral world. Its place is variable, but it necessarily has a place. Individual independence can be more or less great; it cannot be boundless. Thus, the question is not that of knowing whether an intellecual authority exists in democratic centuries, but only where it is deposited and what its extent will be.