“When the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education . . . the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint . . . . It is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold. . . . they neglect their chief business which is to remain their own masters.” -- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America: Volume 2

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We are supposed to be living in an era of Big Data, but there are strong trends toward institutions restricting data as researchers come up with inconvenient findings. For example, Tory MP Neil O’Brien reports: