The Nemesis of Power; Causes and Forms of Revolution

The Nemesis of Power; Causes and Forms of Revolution

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...it; which, properly interpreted, means only that the young become instructors of the old. XVI. But when a state has long neglected the education of the people, it finds itself in a dilemma, from which nothing but the most consummate prudence can extricate it. The cry for knowledge is not to be silenced, and yet it is difficult to communicate it with safety. Taught, however, the people will be, either by its rulers, or by the enemies of those rulers; and it may be questioned whether, after a certain period in the history of a nation, any means can be discovered of preventing knowledge from assuming a revolutionary tendency. XVII. In countries where the new political dogmas have made but an inconsiderable progress, the apostles of change are naturally regarded with hostile alarm. No epithets are too harsh to be heaped on them; prejudice, timidity, selfishness, reverence for the past, the superstitions of rank and power, unite together to defame them, but to no purpose. The worshippers of false principles, however they may fret and threaten, behold the light of truth ascend gradually from the horizon, diffuse itself over the atmosphere, and grow every moment warmer and brighter, until the whole face of society is at length illuminated by perfect day. It matters little, therefore, that the advocates of oppression, whether ignorance or interest makes them such, are loud in their denunciation of the new principles. The march of ideas is steady. Truth knocks at the doors of all men, and if they come not forth at the first summons, knocks again, and is never weary, however angrily they may chide her K. away. Her patience is inexhaustible; she pities the erring and benighted, and displays the greatest amount of compassion towards those who are least...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236657853
  • 9781236657855