Vanderbilt University Quarterly Volume 5

Vanderbilt University Quarterly Volume 5

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...are not in the majority. They are usually quiet, however, while the other side are so vociferous as to deceive some into the idea they are stronger than they are, but they do not count for much against the united efforts of the law-abiding. They are always active, though, and the average citizen becomes active only occasionally. The power of corruptionists is obtained through the indifference of good citizens. Bad citizens are united; good citizens are divided. That is the trouble. If good citizens could be induced to join hands in patriotic endeavor, the bad would be shorn of their strength and be powerless to accomplish anything. Lawbreakers are always organized and work while good people sleep, but once the latter are aroused they are invincible. The government of the nation, State, and city rests upon the active morality of the average individual. In proportion as that morality is strong the government is good; when the average morality is low, the government must be inferior. When good citizens attend to their civic duties, their civic energy is represented in good officials; when they are careless, their slothfulness is represented by corrupt officials. The character of government depends entirely upon the will of the majority, and no government is better than a majority of its voters. If each individual were to attend to public affairs, every good official would have behind him the aggressive morality of his constituents, which would confront every bad official and say to him: "No further shalt thou go." Lawbreakers do not care for laws so long as they control officials and politics. They do not know good from bad; all they know is politics. When they are taught everywhere that lawlessness is bad politics, the question of good...
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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236579860
  • 9781236579867