Aberdeen University Studies Volume 6

Aberdeen University Studies Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... of me to-day, in which case he would hardly have resisted the temptation of warning the men of the future of what he considers to be the great dangers of the future. It is well for us that we have men like him on the look-out for the "rocks ahead;" for we Englishmen and Scotchmen are apt to be over confident and not easily frightened. I am one of those who do not believe that we shall run the good ship upon the rocks; but if we escape, it will be because we see them. Now, Mr. Greg points out to us three rocks--a religious rock, an economical rock, a political rock. Let us look for a moment at what to his view is the political rock. It is this. The House of Commons rules the nation; the householder already chooses the borough members, and soon will choose the county members. The enormous majority of householders are, and must be, men who live by the work of their hands, who have therefore no time to gain political knowledge, who, in short, by the conditions of their existence must be ignorant, and therefore dangerous politicians. This is the national danger which he foresees from what he terms "the political supremacy of the lower classes;" and his eloquent warning ends with these ominous words: "Political power lies naturally with intellect and property; and what God hath joined man cannot put asunder with impunity." I think you will agree with me that this aphorism is only a half truth. If by "intellect" be meant every mental, and by "property" every material possession, then this aphorism is a truism; but if by property be meant accumulated wealth, and by intellect, book culture, then I would say that political power rests naturally also with those whose property consists in their...
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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123674635X
  • 9781236746351