Essays in Application

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byHenry Van Dyke, Henry Van Dyke

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... II RULING CLASSES IN A DEMOCRACY A Democracy differs from a monarchy, an empire, an aristocracy, not in the absence of ruling classes, but in the method by which they are selected. Government without rulers is as impossible as steering without rudders. Man is by nature a civil creature. His natural rights, however you may define them, coexist with a natural instinct of organization. Organization implies order. Order implies control. Control implies authority. Authority implies a ruling class. Rudiments of this civil instinct may be seen in some of the lower animals. Bees and ants reflect, in a dim and partial way, the image of an organized state. Herds of elephants and horses, colonies of birds and beavers, are obedient to leadership and direction. In almost every case we can measure a creature's place in the scale of intelligence by the force and efficiency of the civil instinct. Man is no exception, but the great example. The first social problem is the problem of rule: who shall exercise it, how far shall it go, and by what means shall it be enforced? The highest social triumph is the establishment of authority in the hands of those who are best fitted to exercise it. But while man has an instinct which recognizes and seeks this end, he has also an impulse which rebels against the means necessary to secure it. The freedom of the will carries with it the craving for unrestrained liberty of action. 3£ut liberty absolutely unrestrained is inconsistent with the existence of any kind of rule. Suppose that you and I are farmers, whose fields march together. If you are free to do just what you please, and I am free to do precisely what I like, it is not probable that peace will prevail along our line-fences; at least not until we are...

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... II RULING CLASSES IN A DEMOCRACY A Democracy differs from a monarchy, an empire, an aristocracy, not in the ab...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217928870

ISBN - 13:9780217928878

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