On Representative Government And Personal Representation; Based In Part Upon Thomas Hare's Treatise…

Paperback | February 6, 2012

bySimon Sterne

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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. 1871. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I. WHAT IS REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT? By government we mean that organism, whatever its form, which represents the absolute sovereign power of a people, and which enforces and receives from the individuals thereof habitual obedience. This definition is true of all governments of which history gives us record. In the absence of all historical evidence of the organization of the first government, philosophers have invented a social compact to account for its existence. There is no basis for such an assumption; for when history began to transmit the traditions of peoples many governments, having a more or less complete organization, were already in being. The Books of Moses give us an account of the origin of the Jewish state, that was modeled upon the forms of the Egyptian government, which in its turn was probably copied from some older form, that of India; and the Vedas give us no account of the genesis of this form of government. The historical school of constitutional and juridical writers regard, and justly, too, the question of the origin of government as an insoluble mystery, recognize government as an organism, having its justification for being by its universality, and the impossibility, under existing social relations, of masses of human monads thriving without an organism which embodies their totality and autonomy. The great divisions which embrace fill forms of government are,--I. Ideocracy (or theocracy), the government of a people by a god or gods through priests, who are the supposed direct exponents of his or their will. Whoever wield the governing power are invested, by the fancy of a barbarous and simple-minded people, with superhuman attributes, and as such hold absolute sway, until, by some oracular sentence, revelation, or other...

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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. 1871. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I. WHAT IS REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT? By government we mean that organism, whatever its form, which represents the abs...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217519857

ISBN - 13:9780217519854

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