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There was indeed an idea — a very prevalent idea when the first edition of this
book was published — that there then was an unrepresented class of skilled
artizans who could form superior opinions on national matters, and ought to have
No other select committee has any comparable power; and considering how
carefully we have fettered and limited the powers of all other subordinate
authorities, our allowing so much discretionary power on matters peculiarly
dangerous and ...
... not to relinquish the very power which other classes are anxious to acquire ;
but in foreign policy there is no similar antagonism of interest — a peer and a non
-peer have presumably in that matter the same interest and the same wishes.
But the American President has no similar security. He is elected in one way, at
one time, and Congress (no matter which House) is elected in another way, at
another time. The two have nothing to bind them together, and in matter of fact,
These lie within the scope of my peculiar studies, and it is comparatively easy to
judge of them, since whatever may be the case with refined statistical reasoning,
the great results of money matters speak to and interest all mankind. And every ...
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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