ad The Law of Evolutionary Potential:
„There are at the present time two great nations in the world which seem to tend towards the same end, although they started from different points; I allude to Russiand and the Americans. Both of them have grown up unnoticed; and while the attention of mankind was directed esewhere, they have suddenly assumed a prominent place among the nations; and the world learned their existance and their greatness at almost the same time. All other nations seem to have nearly reached their natural limits … but these are still in the act of growth; all others are stopped, or continue to advance with extreme difficulty“ – de Tocqueville, 1954.
Alexis de Tocqueville, 1954 ‚Democracy in Americ, Vol.2. New York, Vintage ed.