Political Problems For Our Age And Country

by William Rathbone Greg

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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.1870 Excerpt: ... I-.VlVKlis,rv POLITICAL PROBLEMS FOR OUR AGE AND COUNTRY. I. CONSTITUTIONAL AND AUTOCRATIC STATESMANSHIP. T T has long been a common complaint that Statesmansh1p is at a low ebb in England. What we have is of a poor kind, and there is very little of it. Among our public men there is abundance of political ability, of clever parliamentary strategy, of practical knowledge, of debating skill and eloquence, and a fair amount of administrative capacity. But the views and action of our public men, even the best of them, lack width, steadiness, and persistent harmony;--and it is the union of these three characteristics in an adequate degree that gives to politics the quality and dignity of statesmanship. We miss men gifted with the faculty of taking a wide survey of the present or the future, a true perception of the enduring elements of a nation''s greatness, a clear comprehension and an unswerving pursuit of those measures by which A the objects thus distinctly seen can be as certainly attained. In place of such men we have two distinct classes, who rather caricature true statesmanship than imitate or approach it. There are some who have wonderful skill in gaining party victories--that is, in adapting immediate means to immediate ends;--and there are others who are fanatically devoted to one object or one principle, and who pursue it as persistently as any statesman of any country; but they are doctrinaires, not statesmen. They are irrational devotees. They are not so much thinkers, as men possessed with an idea. We have two admirable illustrations of this in our recent history, in the case of two men, of whom it is as impossible to speak without respect and gratitude as without regret and censure. Lord John Russell became eminent and powerful by identifying him...

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Dimensions: 92 Pages, 7.09 × 9.45 × 0 in

Published: February 8, 2012

Publisher: General Books LLC

Language: English

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ISBN - 13: 9780217866026

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Political Problems For Our Age And Country

Political Problems For Our Age And Country

by William Rathbone Greg

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 92 Pages, 7.09 × 9.45 × 0 in

Published: February 8, 2012

Publisher: General Books LLC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0217866026

ISBN - 13: 9780217866026

About the Book

This is an OCR edition without illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from GeneralBooksClub.com. You can also preview excerpts from the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Original Published by: Trubner & Co. in 1870 in 360 pages; Subjects: Great Britain; History / General; History / Europe / Great Britain; Political Science / General; Political Science / History & Theory;

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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.1870 Excerpt: ... I-.VlVKlis,rv POLITICAL PROBLEMS FOR OUR AGE AND COUNTRY. I. CONSTITUTIONAL AND AUTOCRATIC STATESMANSHIP. T T has long been a common complaint that Statesmansh1p is at a low ebb in England. What we have is of a poor kind, and there is very little of it. Among our public men there is abundance of political ability, of clever parliamentary strategy, of practical knowledge, of debating skill and eloquence, and a fair amount of administrative capacity. But the views and action of our public men, even the best of them, lack width, steadiness, and persistent harmony;--and it is the union of these three characteristics in an adequate degree that gives to politics the quality and dignity of statesmanship. We miss men gifted with the faculty of taking a wide survey of the present or the future, a true perception of the enduring elements of a nation''s greatness, a clear comprehension and an unswerving pursuit of those measures by which A the objects thus distinctly seen can be as certainly attained. In place of such men we have two distinct classes, who rather caricature true statesmanship than imitate or approach it. There are some who have wonderful skill in gaining party victories--that is, in adapting immediate means to immediate ends;--and there are others who are fanatically devoted to one object or one principle, and who pursue it as persistently as any statesman of any country; but they are doctrinaires, not statesmen. They are irrational devotees. They are not so much thinkers, as men possessed with an idea. We have two admirable illustrations of this in our recent history, in the case of two men, of whom it is as impossible to speak without respect and gratitude as without regret and censure. Lord John Russell became eminent and powerful by identifying him...
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