The Relations Between Freedom and Responsibility in the Evolution of Democratic Government

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C. Scribner's sons, 1903 - Citizenship - 175 pages
 

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Page 54 - limited liability" in the political notions of that time. The early tribe or nation is a religious partnership, on which a rash member by a sudden impiety may bring utter ruin. If the state is conceived thus, toleration becomes wicked. A permitted deviation from the transmitted ordinances becomes simple folly.
Page 90 - And now I say unto you ; Refrain from these men, and let them alone ; for if this counsel or this work, be of men, it will come to nought; but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it, lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
Page 24 - But I think that most intelligent men who know the history of the country will say that our courts have been the real bulwarks of American liberty; and that while Hamilton and his associates would be somewhat disappointed in the working of the machinery of legislation and administration if they could see it in its present shape, they would be filled with admiration at the work which has been accomplished by the judiciary. I believe it to be the judgment of sober-minded men that the courts have furnished...
Page 37 - You can compel ignorant people to accept a statute, you can force bad men to obey it when they do not want to; but if a statute or a judicial decision passes the line of those duties which good and intelligent men as a body accept and impose upon themselves, it is at once nullified. The process of nullifying law has sometimes been called passive resistance.
Page 6 - is more dangerous than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the restraints of conscience.
Page 35 - States; the people as a collective body, in the sense in which that word was really meant by Jefferson and by Rousseau.* Not a majority of the people voting by state lines, as personified in the President; not a majority of the people voting by districts, as personified in the House of Representatives; but the people as represented by a common public sentiment which includes all good men, minorities as well as majorities, who support the government not as a selfish means for the promotion of their...
Page 120 - There can, I think, be no reasonable doubt that the world is far better served under this competitive system than under any other system of industrial regulation which has hitherto been tried. The effect has been so marked that modern law — the English first and the Continental afterward — has gradually adjusted itself to the conception that prices should be let alone wherever competition can regulate them ; that a price obtained in open market, without fraud or artificial monopoly, is ipso facto...
Page 65 - Mind that, boys. The Bible says it is your duty to be pure in heart. If you are not pure in heart, I '11 flog you.
Page 8 - ... absolutism or mere socialism, which is chronologically, if not logically, the child of democracy. The fear that tugged at their hearts was the fear of tyranny, the dread of Kings, the denial of selfdirection, which prevented a man from speaking his opinion or going his way as he willed. Their democracy was a working government which should give effect to the will of the people and at the same time provide sufficient safeguard for individual liberty. The emphasis of the time was everywhere upon...
Page 44 - ... aright. In his recent admirable little volume on freedom and responsibility in democratic government, President Hadley of Yale has pointed out that the freedom which is worth anything is the freedom which means selfgovernment and not anarchy. Freedom thus conceived is a constructive force, which enables an intelligent and good man to do better things than he could do without it...

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