Democracy and Liberty
In Two Volumes
Publication Year: 2012
Democracy and Libertyis the most thorough manual of conservative politics produced during the nineteenth century.
— Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind
"When democracy turns, as it often does, into a corrupt plutocracy, both national decadence and social revolution are being prepared." So wrote the Irish-born historian, W. E. H. Lecky (1838–1903) in this devastating assault on mass democracy.
Lecky spoke for the landed gentry and the upper middle classes of late Victorian England when he warned his countrymen that an unfettered democracy would destroy the balance of interests in the community and thereby undermine the Constitution.
"A tendency to democracy," said Lecky, "does not mean a tendency to parliamentary government, or even a tendency toward greater liberty." Indeed, the type of democracy emerging in Britain seemed to be the rudiment of socialism.
Published by: Liberty Fund
Volume I - Cover
CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME
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Restricted in 1851 ... . ....... . . . .. · · · · · · · · 33 French Finance, 1814-1878 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Its robuster qualities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 Progressive taxes of Pitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285 one Bill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 348 ...
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The veil of sentimentality long ago settled snugly over the 189os, which have come to be regarded as dear, dead days history after the large success of his History of Rationalism in ship and a clean, clear literary style, marred by a tendency to England in the Eighteenth Century, a work that took 19 years to politics, he went to Parliament in 1895 as the Liberal Unionist ...
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Many years ago, when I was deeply immersed in the History of England in the Eighteenth Century, I re the best years of his life to the study of a vanished past. I do not think the course I was then taking is incapable of defence. the politics of the present; and in an age and country in which has been altered, I have not allowed this fact to alter the char ...
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The most remarkable political characteristic of the latter part of the nineteenth century has unquestionably been of the civilised world, and, although it has had all the effects the writings of Burke. It was then almost universally held that less promptly and less decisively than in later periods. On the trading and industrial interests. Like the latter, but unlike the ...
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The power given in England to a simple majority of a single Parliament to change, with the assent of the Crown, any this purpose. But in most constitutions there is a distinct line there is a provision that fourteen hostile votes in the Federal definitely tracing the respective limits and powers of different it has been the object of written constitutions to maintain has ...
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Ido not think that any one who seriously considers the force and universality of the movement of our generation in the ernment will necessarily, at least for a considerable time, dom which its characteristic evils can be best mitigated. As we have, direct opposite of liberty. In ancient Rome the old aristocratic potism resting on a plebiscite is quite as natural a form of de ...
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Of all the forms of government that are possible among mankind, I do not know any which is likely to be worse of responsibility and much less real deliberation. The necessity assembly also, as it has been truly said, has at times something tion in the calm seclusion of their cabinets. Party interests and terests; mere lassitude, and mere caprice, all act powerfully on ...
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The effects of democracy on the liberty of the world are not only to be traced in the changes that are passing over the dustrial life; they are also powerfully felt in international ar nationalities as the basis of a new right of nations, which has tury history. It is essentially different from the old doctrine of also from the doctrine of the balance of power, which prevailed ...
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There are few subjects upon which mankind in different ages and countries have differed more widely than in their little or nothing for the unrestricted right of public meeting and its corollary of unrestricted competition, an evil rather than a gions are undisturbed, they care very little by whom or in what full sanction of public opinion, over theatres and music-halls, ...
Volume II - Title Page, Copyright
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CONTENTS OF THE SECOND VOLUME
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Sanitary laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346 ...
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There is one other subject connected with religious liberty that is likely to occupy a large share in the attention of the democracies of the future. It is the position and the aggressive lieved that its sacerdotal, superstitious, intolerant, and ultra distinguishable in the field of politics, and that the association the Continent, the question of priestly influence in politics is ...
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In the discussion of legal limitations of natural liberty some confusion is due to the fact that theological, moral and util ages and with different classes. A conspicuous instance of this is a Church holiday, enacted in the earliest days of Christianity joined the festival prescribed the conditions of its observance. The early Fathers, with one voice and in the clearest language, ...
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In any forecast that may be attempted of the probable in fluence of democracy in the world, a foremost place must be given to its relations to labour questions, and especially to ulation and political action. These theories, it is true, are by Councils, and it played a great part in impeding the industrial it, and all the governments and all the great industries of the ...
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It would be hardly possible that the immense extension of Socialism which has taken place, in all parts of the civilised change that has been effected in the balance of political power largest share, and, if it is the will, it is well within the power inherited; and the doctrine of Marx, that all capital should be The policy is described as 'the collective administration of rent ...
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There is one other class of questions connected with the democratic movement in Europe which has during the writers of his school of all mention of the political rights of from infancy.' Even in their religious beliefs the subordination in the sight of God the sin of error. Being incapable of judging tablish the existence of rights of men anterior to social insti ...
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...course in divinity, he abandoned his intention to become a clergy man in the Irish Protestant Church and turned his talents to history. At age 23 he published his Leaders of Public Opinion in Ireland anonymously, receiving little notice. But he soon won rapid recogni tion with two learned surveys: A History of the Rise and Influence of ...
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Publication Year: 2012