In timpul vizitei sale in Statele Unite in 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville a observat:
Americans of all ages, conditions, and dispositions constantly unite together. Not only do they have commercial and industrial associations to which all belong but also a thousand other kinds, religious, moral, serious, futile…Americans group together to hold fetes, found seminaries, build inns, construct churches, distribute books…They establish prisons, schools by the same method…I have frequently admired the endless skill with which the inhabitants of the United States manage to set a common aim to the efforts of a great number of men and to persuade them to pursue it voluntarily
Ati observat cuvintul „voluntar”, adica „de buna voie”??
Americanii au sustinut organizatiile caritabile, nicidecum programele guvernamentale, deoarece s-au temut de o monarhie sau de birocratia aristocratica. Poate ca avem ceva de invatat de la ei…