Yet, even with his innate understanding of the human condition, he fell into the trap of most progressives, believing that humanity could and would 'evolve' into something better.
Our founders knew that people were people, that individuals needed to have their behavior constrained by a moral code, and that governments needed to be constrained by the people.
Progressives believe, ultimately, that people must be ruled by benevolent dictators, but they can never seem to find quite the right guy for the job.
Exactly. Always they assume, they just need the right savior and all will be well.
Then you get the killing fields.