University Lectures Delivered by Members of the Faculty in the Free Public Lecture Course Volume N . 6

University Lectures Delivered by Members of the Faculty in the Free Public Lecture Course Volume N . 6

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... elected, 142 members of the anti-coalition parties. That is to say the majority has about 75% of the new parliament, the minority about 25%. But the majority had only 52% of the votes cast, the minority had 47%. There was only a difference of 5.2% in the vote though the one party elected more than three times as many candidates as the other. This means that in one set of constituencies the majorities were but small, in the other they were overwhelmingly large. Minorities but slightly smaller than the majorities will therefore remain without a voice until next election. It is to meet this difficulty that the system of "proportional representation," or the representation of minorities, which came so near to being included in the recent reform bill has been proposed. And is already in use in various local and colonial legislatures and is even being urged for Philadelphia's new charter. Certainly the present system, where only the majority in any constituency is represented, and that by a representative elected for a considerable time and with only the most inadequate means of learning the desires of those whom he represents, is not a complete or satisfactory system of self government. In many other ways our democracy is very imperfect. We are still at the beginning, not at the completion of the development of political democracy. It is an unfortunate habit to think that democracy has been attained once for all. It must be worked out, developed and perfected. Moreover, judging from past events and many present tendencies. democracy will not be merely political, it will be an industrial democracy. The formula, "Liberty, Equality and Fraternity," which emerged from the first great forum of democracy in modern times, the French...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236524470
  • 9781236524478