Political Ideals, Their Nature and Development: An Essay

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Oxford University Press, H. Milford, 1915 - Democracy - 311 pages

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Page 257 - ... a State which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes, will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished...
Page 97 - OH, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat; But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!
Page 177 - A PORTION of mankind may be said to constitute a Nationality if they are united among themselves by common sympathies which do not exist between them and any others— which make them co-operate with each other more willingly than with other people, desire to be under the same government, and desire that it should be government by themselves or a portion of themselves exclusively.
Page 166 - Combourg, the country has a savage aspect; husbandry not much further advanced, at least in skill, than among the Hurons, which appears incredible amidst inclosures; the people almost as wild as their country, and their town of Combourg one of the most brutal filthy places that can be seen...
Page 271 - Let us now picture to ourselves, by way of change, a community of free individuals, carrying on their work with the means of production in common, in which the labour-power of all the different individuals is consciously applied as the combined labour-power of the community.
Page 246 - The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.
Page 142 - The finall Cause, End, or Designe of men, (who naturally love Liberty, and Dominion over others,) in the introduction of that restraint upon themselves, (in which wee see them live in Common-wealths,) is the foresight of their own preservation, and of a more contented life thereby...
Page 160 - Je terminerai ce chapitre et ce livre par une remarque qui doit servir de base à tout le système social : c'est qu'au lieu de détruire l'égalité naturelle , le pacte fondamental substitue au contraire une égalité morale et légitime à ce que la nature avoit pu mettre d'inégalité physique entre les hommes, et que, pouvant être inégaux en force ou en génie , ils deviennent tous égaux par convention et de droit...
Page 160 - Par quelque côté qu'on remonte au principe, on arrive toujours à la même conclusion ; savoir, que le pacte social établit entre les citoyens une telle égalité, qu'ils s'engagent tous sous les mêmes conditions et doivent jouir tous des mêmes droits.
Page 166 - I gave them any thing seemed more surprised than obliged. One third of what I have seen of this province seems uncultivated, and nearly all of it in misery. What have kings, and ministers, and parliaments, and states, to answer for their prejudices, seeing millions of hands that would be industrious, idle and starving, through the execrable maxims of despotism, or the equally detestable prejudices of a feudal nobility.

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