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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, ...
... I have explained, the House of Commons still mainly represents the plutocracy,
the Lords represent the aristocracy. The main interest of both these classes is
now identical, which is to prevent or to mitigate the rule of uneducated members.
They ought to be the heads of the plutocracy. In all countries new wealth is ready
to worship old wealth, if old wealth will only let it, and I need not say that in
England new wealth is eager in its worship. Satirist after satirist has told us how
The English plutocracy, as is often said of something yet coarser, must be "
humoured not drove ;" they may easily be impelled against the aristocracy,
though they respect it very much ; and as they are much stronger than the
aristocracy, they ...
For the sake of keeping the headship of the plutocracy, and through that of the
nation, they should not offend the plutocracy ; the points upon which they have to
yield are mostly very minor ones, and they should yield many great points rather
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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