Dissertations and Discussions, Political, Philosophical, and Historical; Thoughts on Parliamentary Reform. Recent Writers on Reform. Bain's Psychology. a Few Words on Non-Intervention. the Contest in America. Austin on Jurisprudence. Plato
by John Stuart Mill (9781231081358)

Dissertations and Discussions, Political, Philosophical, and Historical; Thoughts on Parliamentary Reform. Recent Writers on Reform. Bain's Psychology. a Few Words on Non-Intervention. the Contest in America. Austin on Jurisprudence. Plato
 
John Stuart Mill
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 34
Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
ISBN: 9781231081358
ISBN-10: 123108135X



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. 1867 Excerpt: ...Parliament is a grand institution of national education, having for one of its valuable offices to create and correct that public opinion whose mandates it is required to obey. That which Acts of Parliament and votes of money can do for the political instruction of the people, falls short of what might be done by the discussions in Parliament itself, if those who most need instruction were there in the persons of their representatives, saying their best for their opinions; counted among those whose reason a minister or an orator must appeal to; when they were wrong, some one taking pains to answer them, and to make the answer understood by them: not left, as now, under the gloomy persuasion that their interests are dealt with in their absence, and unheard--that Parliament occupies itself with everything rather than with the burthen which is weighing on their hearts, and even when it busies itself about the same questions, never for an instant looks at them from their point of view. Is it wonderful if they should think that ' les absents ont toujours tort, ' and should persist in errors when their errors are ignored by their superiors, and are never met and encountered in equal conflict, with opportunity of explanation and rejoinder? There is a further practical consideration appropriate to the present time. The non-represented classes, as a body, are just now, to all appearance, peaceful and acquiescent. But they were not always so; we are not far from the days of Chartist insurrections, and monster petitions signed by millions of men. If the existing tranquillity is caused by the people's having grown wiser--expecting more from themselves, and less from what the Government can do in any direct way to improve their condition, the main argument for excluding ...

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