The Woman Citizen's Library

The Woman Citizen's Library

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...or as there is in America under the Constitution today, we find party organization taking a peculiar character. We see parties primarily arranged, not to promote certain measures of legislation, but to do the work of government, the party machine as an administrative body becomes the main thing; the legislative measures with which it is identified are only an incident.... This method of govemment, whatever merits it may have, is obviously not government by the people and for the people. It is government by a particular section of the people; and, primarily at any rate, for the interests of that section. If the voters who form a certain party are men of liberal ideas and just principles, their leaders will of course not go so far to oppress the minority as they would if their constituents were narrow-minded and reckless of moral restraint.--" The Relations Between Freedom and Responsibility in the Evolution of Democratic Government," by Arthur Twining Hadley, pp. 19-21. ' Community Effort.--Man, as Aristotle has well said, is a political animal. His power of forming communities in which the individual shall be subordinated to the interests of the group, is one of his most distinctive qualities. His power of forming free communities, in which each individual shall by his own judgment direct his efforts to a public end, is a characteristic yet more distinctive; and this form of social organization gives him his greatest strength. But if self-government is not used enough to promote the resources of the community as a whole, but to divert those resources into individual channels, it becomes a source of weakness instead of strength whether that weakness come in the form of enervation, as in Greece and Italy, or of incapacity...
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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236874676
  • 9781236874672