"In towns it is impossible to prevent men from assembling,
getting excited together and forming sudden passionate resolves.
Towns are like great meeting houses with all the inhabitants as members.
In them the people wield immense influence over their magistrates
and often carry their desires into execution without intermediaries."
Alexis de Tocqueville
[Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel, le Comte de Tocqueville] (1805-1859) French historian
Democracy in America, 1835