Harrington And His Oceana; A Study Of A 17th Century Utopia And Its Influence In America by Hugh Francis Russell-smith

Harrington And His Oceana; A Study Of A 17th Century Utopia And Its Influence In America

byHugh Francis Russell-smith

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III THE POLITICAL IDEAS OF OCEANA §1 Harrington's political theory is comprised in two fundamental propositions, on which all the other suggestions which are embodied in his writings are built, (i) The preservation of a state depends on the possession of an adequate proportion of the land by the ruling class, (ii) Government cannot remain pure and healthy without the assistance of four mechanical contrivances--the ballot, indirect election, rotation, and a system of two chambers in which the functions of debating and voting are kept separate. For the first of these proposals Harrington claimed originality; he did not conceal the fact that the second was borrowed from various sources. The theory of the " balance of property " explained in the dictum, "As is the proportion or balance of Dominion or Property in Land, such is the nature of the Empire,"1 and claimed by Harrington as his own peculiar discovery, has met with general acceptation. Bonar ascribes the importance of " Oceana" to its " new principle that the economical element in a state will determine its government."2 Cornewall Lewis includes among the general true propositions of politics "that the seat of power in any state is dependent on the preponderance of property." 8 Thorold Rogers counts it " a common-place in practical politics 24 THE BALANCE OF PROPERTY 1 "Oceana," p. 39. * " Philosophy of Political Economy," p. 9o. * " A Treatise on Politics," ii. 46. that they who own the land of a country make its laws." 1 The political importance of the possession of the land had been recognised from the time when Joseph made his investments in property before the Egyptian famine. The institution of the Jubilee among the Jews, the reforms of Lycurgus and Solon, the work of the Gracchi, of Julius...

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Title:Harrington And His Oceana; A Study Of A 17th Century Utopia And Its Influence In AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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