“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” — Alexis de Tocqueville
Alexis (July 29, 1805 – April 16, 1859) was a French political historian best known for, ‘Democracy in America’ (Two Volumes: 1835 and 1840) and ‘The Old Regime and the Revolution’ (1856). In both works, he researched the state and effects of the rising ‘equality’ in western societies.