The Complete Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

The Complete Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...to universal sufirage and the capacity of the people to govern themselves. The whole system is the sharp invention of Thomas Jellerson and others, by which crafty demagogues can rule. Instead-of being, as we_ have patriotically supposed, a real progress in human _de-4 velopment, it is only a fetich, which is becoming rapidly a failure. Now, there is a great deal of truth in the assertion that, whatever the form of govem-ment, the ablest men, or the strongest, or the most cunning in the nation, will rule. And yet it is true that in a popular govemment, like this, the humblest citizen, if he is wronged or oppressed, has in his hands a readier instrument of redress than he has ever had in any form of govemment. And it must not be forgotten that the ballot in the hands of all is-perhaps the only safeguard against the tyranny of wealth in the hands of the few. It is true that bad men can band together and be destructive; but so they can in any government. Revolution by ballot is much safer than revolution by violence: and, granting that human nature is selfish, when the whole people are the gov-ernment selfishness is on the side of the government. Can you mention any class in this country whose in-terest it is to overturn the government? And, then, a aoa THOUGHTS SUGGESTED as to the wisdom of the popular decisions by the ballot in this country. Look carefully at all the Presidential elections from-Washington's down, and say, in the light of history, if the popular decision has not, every time, been the best for the country. It may not have 'seemed so to some of us at the time, but I think it is true, and a very significant fact. Of course, in this aflirmation of belief that one hundred years of popular govemment in this country is a real...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236959434
  • 9781236959430