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... an obedience to those opinions ; that they were in fact guided in their judgment
by the better educated classes ; that they preferred representatives from those
classes, and gave those X INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION.
... contend that the ordinary working-man who has no special skill, and who is
only rated because he has a house, can judge much of intellectual matters. The
messenger in an office is not more intelligent than the clerks, not better educated
... system which was put up h#,d themselves been educated under the system
which was pulled down. Strangely enough, their predominant guidance lasted as
long as the system which they created. Lord Palmerston, Lord Eussell, Lord
And this is precisely the effect of a division between Lords and Commons. The
two great bodies of the educated rich go to the constituencies to decide between
them, and the majority of the constituencies now consist of the uneducated poor.
The lower orders, the middle orders, are still, when tried by what is the standard
of the educated " ten thousand," narrow-minded, unintelligent, incurious. It is
useless to pile up abstract words. Those who 6 THE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION.
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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