Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville is one of those books I think everyone in America should read at least once. I know I've been meaning to read it for a long time. (It's been gathering dust on my shelves for years.) So I pulled it out a few weeks ago, dusted it off, and decided that this year is the year I'm going to read it. It's 703 pages long, and I figured out that if I read just two pages a day I can finish it by the end of the year.
So far, I'm on track. Two pages a day isn't hard, after all, and I've even managed to read more than that on more than one occasion. (Which is a good thing because last week I accidentally skipped several days in a row.)
Democracy in America: 83 pages down; 620 pages to go.
"Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom; socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man 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