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The spirit of our present House of Commons is plutocratic, not aristocratic ; its
most prominent statesmen are not men of ancient descent or of great hereditary
estate ; they are men mostly of substantial means, but they are mostly, too, ...
Few things certainly are less likely than a violent tempest like this to destroy large
and hereditary estates. But then, too, few things are less likely than an outbreak
to destroy the House of Lords — my point is, that a catastrophe which levels one
If the revolution is powerful enough and eager enough to make an immense
number of life peers, probably it will sweep away the hereditary principle in the
Upper Chamber entirely. Of course one may fancy it to be otherwise ; we may ...
But it would be a great mistake to believe that at the accession of George III. the
instinctive sentiment of hereditary loyalty at once became as useful as now. It
began to be powerful, but it hardly began to be useful. There was so much harm ...
The traditional strength of the hereditary monarch is at these times of incalculable
use. It would have been impossible for England to get through the first years after
1688 but for the singular ability of William III. It would have been impossible for ...
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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