Safe And Unsafe Democracy; A Commentary On Political Administration In The American Commonwealths by Henry Ware JonesSafe And Unsafe Democracy; A Commentary On Political Administration In The American Commonwealths by Henry Ware Jones

Safe And Unsafe Democracy; A Commentary On Political Administration In The American Commonwealths

byHenry Ware Jones

Paperback | January 31, 2012

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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. 1918. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXVII CONCLUSIONS In his final exhortation Mr. Ostrogorski says in substance:1 "Hitherto the victorious struggle which democracy has carried on in the world has been mainly a struggle for material liberty; moral liberty which consists in thinking and acting as free reason dictates, has yet to be achieved by it. Democracy has brought with it political liberty; but nowhere else has it appeared more clearly than in the United States that political freedom, which can build up material liberty only, is not complete without the l citizen's independence of mind, and without the spontaneous and vigilant energy of his will. In the absence of this independence and this vigilance, demagogism and corruption have entered the house in broad day as a thief enters in the night, and democracy (as a regime of free reason) has received a check, not from an excess of liberty, but from a deficiency of moral liberty. To retrieve this check and to prevent complete ruin, the remedy is obvious; return to reason and to duty." No one can object to the spirit in which this is written; but may we not be pardoned for asking, How is it possible for an individual to "return to administrative duty " in the absence of an express declaration by The Sovereign of what that duty is? How can an individual possess "independence of mind in administrative action " in the absence of an express statement by The Sovereign of how he is to act administratively f It is all very well for us to say with Mr. Ostrogorski that " We must devote ourselves to the work of life, and at the voice of conscience which calls to duty, each contribute his personal efforts as bricks and mortar for building the walls of the free democratic city, the supreme refuge of human dignity." But what conscience is it tha...
Title:Safe And Unsafe Democracy; A Commentary On Political Administration In The American CommonwealthsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.44 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217043267

ISBN - 13:9780217043267

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