Lessons From The Rise And Fall Of The English Commonwealth; Six Lectures by James Allanson Picton

Lessons From The Rise And Fall Of The English Commonwealth; Six Lectures

byJames Allanson Picton

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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.1884 Excerpt: ... LECTURE VI. REPUBLICANISM: FORM AND SUBSTANCE. If I have been followed with any sympathy hitherto, it will be felt, I think, that the subject of this evening's lecture offers an appropriate conclusion to the general line of thought pursued. If loyalty of the living part to the living whole is the ultimate bond of human order, we may well ask with interest what is the kind of polity which best encourages the loyalty of each member! The prevalence of moral force, we have urged, is a sign of progress, while the need for physical force is a proof of imperfect civilization. We should naturally then give the preference to any type of political constitution that secure order by its command of moral sympathy, rather than by physical compulsion. The remarks we have made on the nature of popular enthusiasm suggest an enquiry as to what form of government appeals least to the baser- passions and most to the nobler feelings of mankind; or, in other words, what political constitution is most religious in the sense of inspiring the greatest number of people with a feeling of possession by, and willing subordination to, the supreme power of evolution? It is very probable that a considerable number of my hearers, perhaps a large majority, would answer all these questions with the one word--Republic. Yet I suppose most of those who would give this answer--not all of them I know, but still a large majority--have enshrined Oliver Cromwell as one of the heroes of their Valhalla; and on such a matter his opinion ought to have great weight with them. Now it is a fact, too often overlooked by half-informed people, that Cromwell never was a Republican at all, and in fact was strongly inclined to restore the institution of monarchy in his own person. For this the better informed mo...

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Title:Lessons From The Rise And Fall Of The English Commonwealth; Six LecturesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217498078

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