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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We have not enfranchised a class less needing to be guided by their betters than
the old class ; on the contrary , the new class need it more than the old . The real
question is , Will they submit to it , will they defer in the same way to wealth and ...
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 ...
... 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 , connected more or less closely with the new trading wealth .
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 ...
America is not a country sensitive to taxes ; no great country has perhaps ever
been so unsensitive in this respect ; certainly she is far less sensitive than
England . In reality America is too rich , daily industry there is too common , too
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Paul_S - LibraryThing
Politics have not changed much since the 19th century. The main difference is that now elites hide their fear and contempt of the lower class. My insecurities aside, insightful essays that remain relevant. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - patito-de-hule - LibraryThing
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