On Democracy

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Trübner & Company, 1866 - Democracy - 418 pages
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Page xxii - the People, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes; 2. Those who identify themselves with the People, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise, depository of the public interests. In every country these two parties
Page 111 - and the Prince's arm, in the other, are sufficient to direct and maintain the whole ; but in a popular state, one spring more is necessary, namely, Virtue."—Ibid., vol. i, p. 25. " Is it not almost a self-evident axiom that the State should require and compel the education, up to a certain standard, of every human being who is
Page 123 - county in the land were made a kind of subordinate commonalty or commonwealth* "They should have here also schools and academies at their own choice, wherein their children may be bred up in their own sight, to all learning and noble education; not in grammar only, but in all liberal arts and exercises. This would
Page 122 - The grand leading principle, towards which every argument hitherto unfolded in these pages directly conveys, is the absolute and essential importance of human development in its richest diversity." Milton, upon the advantages of a free commonwealth, and on the necessity of a high class education to the maintenance of the Commonwealth, maintains that— ". . . A free commonwealth is not only held
Page 44 - skilful kind of Government upon the People, but it produces that which the most skilful Governments are often unable to awaken, namely an all pervading and restless activity, a superabundant force, and an energy which is inseparable from it, and which may under favourable circumstances beget the most amazing benefits. These are the true advantages of Democracy."—De
Page 45 - A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinion and sentiments, is the only true sovereignty of a free people.
Page 372 - Entails are founded upon the most absurd of all suppositions, that every successive generation have not an equal right to the earth and all that it possesses."—Adam Smith. " Laws frequently continue in force long after the circumstances which first gave occasion to them, and which could alone render them reasonable, are no more. The right
Page 301 - a voice equivalent, as to such elections to be made, with the most worthy knights and esquires dwelling within the same counties, whereby manslaughters, riots, batteries, and divisions among the gentlemen and other people of the same counties, shall very likely rise
Page 199 - of this society prevents all manner of inconveniences. " If a single member should attempt to usurp the supreme power, he could not be supposed to have an equal authority and credit in all the confederate States. Were he to have too great an influence over one, this would alarm the rest; were
Page 373 - If any of the provinces of the British Empire cannot be made to contribute towards the support of the whole empire, it is surely time that Great Britain should free herself from the expense of defending those provinces in time of war, and of supporting any

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