An Utilitarian Catechism

An Utilitarian Catechism

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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. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ... never obstinate, nor timid, nor jealous, --nor has it any of those defects, moral or otherwise, to which may be ascribed the greater part of all that men agree in calling misgovernment. Above all, when any members of such an assembly neglect the true end of their appointment, the public welfare, the people have an easy and efficacious remedy in the quiet, yet irresistible exercise of their proper prerogatives. 66. But is it not apparent, if we are to be governed so directly by the popular voice, that as the wise in every society are greatly out numbered by the unwise, the welfare of the whole will be at the mercy of ignorance and folly? The positive correction of this evil, is the mighty advantage which the glorious discovery of representation gives us over every other species of democracy. It is true, that the people in the mass are not always the best judges of their own welfare. Though rarely so, they have sometimes decided adversely to their real interests, but they have been uniformly right when left to themselves, in selecting those who are most likely to decide the best for them. The people, as a body, always must intend their own happiness, but they are not always in a situation to see the farthest, prospectively or otherwise. They have, however, a marvellous sagacity in discovering who are the worthiest trustees for managing their affairs. So that, in a body of men chosen from the mass of the people, by the people themselves, there will be an amount of intelligence and aptness for government, very far exceeding the average proportion of the bulk of the people, and there will be a corresponding probability of wise and beneficial measures. If, indeed, it were otherwise, democracy would still be the best chance for the people, .show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236912500
  • 9781236912503