Advice to the Privileged Orders in the Several States of Europe[...]

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J. Johnson [puis], 1793
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Page 40 - ... its functions. They believe that there is nothing more difficult in the management of the affairs of a nation than the affairs of a family, that it only requires more hands. They believe that it is the juggle of keeping up impositions to blind the eyes of the vulgar that constitutes the intricacy of state.
Page 23 - ... forms of government: this ground is the general good of the community. It is said to be dangerous to pull down systems that are already formed, or even to attempt to improve them; and it is likewise said, that, were they peaceably destroyed, and we had society to build up anew, it would be best to create hereditary Kings, hereditary orders, and exclusive privileges. These are...
Page 9 - ... in which all the people concur. Many truths are as perceptible when first presented to the mind, as an age or a world of experience could make them; others require only an indirect and collateral experience; some demand an experience direct and positive.
Page 19 - Laws that are designed to operate unequally on society, must offer an exclusive interest to a considerable portion of its members, to ensure their execution upon the rest. Hence has arisen the necessity of that strange complication in the governing power, which has made of politics an inexplicable science; hence the reason for arming one class of our fellow creatures with the weapons of bodily destruction, and another with the mysterious artillery of the vengeance of heaven; hence the...
Page 42 - ... to the latter, but none to the former. Where the government is not in the hands of the people, there you find opposition, you perceive two contending interests, and get an idea of the exercise of power; and whether this power be in the hands of the government or of the people, or whether it change from side to side, it is always to be dreaded. But the word people in America has a different meaning from what it has in Europe. It there means the whole community, and comprehends every human creature;...
Page 23 - ... admirer of chivalry have retired in negative triumph from the field. Mr. Burke, however, in his defence of royalty, does not rely on this argument of the compact. Whether it be, that he is...
Page 141 - ... so that not one person in a hundred sees a newspaper once in a year. If a man at the bottom of Yorkshire discovers by instinct that a law is made, which is interesting for him to know, he has only to make a journey to London, find out the King's printer, pay a half-penny a page for the law, and learn the German alphabet. He is then prepared to spell out his duty.
Page 140 - ... great object of their policy is to perpetuate that undisturbed ignorance of the people, which is the companion of poverty, the parent of crimes, and the pillar of the state. In England, the people at large are as perfectly ignorant of the acts of parliament after they are made, as they possibly can be before. They are printed by one man only, who is called the king's printer, — in the old German character, which few men can read, — and sold at a price that few can afford to pay. But lest...
Page 7 - THE French Revolution is at last not only accomplished, but its accomplishment universally acknowledged, beyond contradiction abroad, or the power of retraction at home.* It has finished its work, by organizing a government, on principles approved by reason; an object long contemplated by different writers, but never before exhibited, in this quarter of the globe.
Page 17 - ... have not exhausted the subject. Two very powerful weapons, the" force of reason and the force of numbers, are in the hands of the political reformers. While the use of the first brings into action the second, and ensures its cooperation, it remains a sacred duty, imposed on them by the God of reason to wield with dexterity this mild and beneficent weapon, before recurring to the use of the other; which, though legitimate, may be less harmless; though infallible in operation, may

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