Transactions of the Annual Meeting Volume 10, PT. 1903

Transactions of the Annual Meeting Volume 10, PT. 1903

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ..."a government of laws, and not of men." In all civilized governments there are two restraints on power, --a constitution and public opinion. A constitution, whether embodied in a written charter or in established precedents, contains the matured conclusions of a people on political questions which are settled. Public opinion is the judgment of the people on new questions as they arise; and, in proportion as this opinion is enlightened and active, government is good. It is the expression of public spirit; and, where it is apathetic or mistaken, grave abuses creep into the State. The fear of public opinion restrains every man in public life, and too often makes him a coward; but, if it is to be a force working for good, the people must know the truth. They must understand each case aright, or their judgment will be wrong; and the gravest responsibility rests on every public man who seeks to mislead them by falsehood or evasion. As abstract propositions, men will generally admit that government should be administered in the interest of the governed, that the primary object should be the elevation of the people, that mutual sympathy and understanding should exist between the people and their rulers, and that the power of the government should be restrained by constitut'onal limitations and enlightened public opinion. These are essential conditions of good government everywhere. What is the chance of their being observed in the government of our dependencies? The answer to this question will determine whether Mill and Froude and Lincoln are right or wrong in asserting that no nation, least of all a republic, can successfully govern a subject race. Our Government Will Not Be For The Benefit Of The Governed. To simplify the argument, ...
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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236965728
  • 9781236965721