Disquisitions on Several Subjects

Paperback | February 3, 2012

bySoame Jenyns

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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. 1822. Excerpt: ... ON GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL LIBERTY. If any one casts his eye on the title of this essay, short as it is, he will scarcely be persuaded to read any farther; as he will rationally conclude that, on a subject so hackneyed by the best and worst writers of all ages, from Aristotle to the newspaper politicians of the present times, nothing can be added, which can afford either instruction or entertainment: but so many absurd principles, concerning government and liberty, have of late been disseminated with unusual industry; principles as raise as mischievous, as inconsistent with common sense as with all human society; that it seems necessary that they should not pass quite unnoticed, especially as they require nothing more, than to be fairly stated, to be refuted. The most considerable of them are the following; to each of which I shall say a few words. 1st. That all men are born equal. 2dly. That all men are bomfree. 3dly. That all government is derived from the people. 4thly. That all government is a compact between the governors and the governed. 5thly. That no government ought to last any longer than it continues to be of equal advantage to tke two contracting parties that is to the governed as to the governors., First then; That all men are bom equal; by which proposition, if it is only meant, that all men are equally born, that is, that one man is as much born as another, I shall not dispute its truth: but in every other sense it is intirely false; for we daily see, that some are born with beautiful and healthy bodies, and some with frames distorted, and filled with the most deplorable diseases; some with minds fraught with the seeds of wisdom and genius, others with those of idiotism and madness; some, by the laws and constitutions of their countries, are ...

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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. 1822. Excerpt: ... ON GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL LIBERTY. If any one casts his eye on the title of this essay, short as it is, he will scarcely be pers...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021720094X

ISBN - 13:9780217200943

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