The English Constitution
A classic study of the British constitution, paying special attention to how Parliament and the monarchy work. The author frequently draws comparisons with the American Constitution, being generally critical of the American system of government.
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Of course I am not arguing that so important an innovation as the Reform Act of
1867 will not have very great effects . It must , in all likelihood , have many great
ones . I am only saying that as yet we do not know what those effects are ; that the
But much argument is not required to guide the public , still less a formal
exposition of that argument . What is mostly needed is the manly utterance of
clear conclusions ; if a statesman gives these in a felicitous way ( and if with a few
light and ...
... argument for it , but you cannot make a loud argument , an argument which
would reach and rule the multitude . The thing looks like injustice , and in a time
of popular passion it would not stand . Much short of the compulsory equal
And other reasoners , who distrust this bare philosophy , have propounded subtle
arguments to prove that these dignified parts of old governments are cardinal
components of the essential apparatus , great pivots of substantial utility ; and so
Human nature despises long arguments which come to nothing - heavy
speeches which precede no motion - abstract disquisitions which leave visible
things where they were . But all men heed great results , and a change of
government is a ...
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Walter Bagehot was editor of the Economist and his name is still on the weekly page about England. This book describes the English Constitution and compares it favorably with the United States Constitution. Read full review