"Americans of all ages, all stations of life, and
all types of disposition are forever forming associations...
In democratic countries knowledge of how to combine
is the mother of all other forms of knowledge;
on its progress depends that of all the others."
Alexis de Tocqueville
[Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel, le Comte de Tocqueville] (1805-1859) French historian
Democracy in America, 1835