The Politician's Dictionary: Or, a Summary of Political Knowledge: Containing Remarks on the Interests, Connections, Forces, Revenues, Wealth, Credit, Debts, Taxes, Commerce, and Manufactures of the Different States of Europe. Alphabetically Digested for the Use of Those who Would Wish to Understand Whatever Occurs in the Science of Politics, Volume 1
G. Allen, 1775 - Europe
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Page 393 - To prevent this abuse, it is necessary from the very nature of things that power should be a check to power. A government may be so constituted, as no man shall be compelled to do things to which the law does not oblige him, nor forced to abstain from things which the law permits.
Page 147 - Hence marriages in America are more general, and more generally early than in Europe. And if it is reckoned there, that there is but one marriage per annum among one hundred persons, perhaps we may here reckon two ; and if in Europe they have but four births to a marriage (many of their marriages being late), we may here reckon eight, of which, if one half grow up, and our marriages are made, reckoning one with another, at twenty years of age, our people must at least be doubled every twenty years.
Page 412 - The spirit of the age affects all the arts; and the minds of men being once roused from their lethargy, and put into a fermentation, turn themselves on all sides, and carry improvements into every art and science.
Page 393 - It is there only when there is no abuse of power. But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go.
Page 414 - ... attendant, adds new force to both. And if anger, which is said to be the whetstone of courage, loses somewhat of its asperity, by politeness and refinement; a sense of honour, which is a stronger, more constant, and more governable principle, acquires fresh vigour by that elevation of genius which arises from knowledge and a good education.
Page 393 - In governments, that is, in societies directed by laws, liberty can consist only in the power of doing what we ought to will, and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to will.
Page 409 - Luxury is also in proportion to the populousness of the towns, and especially of the capital ; so that it is in a compound proportion to the riches of the state, to the inequality of private fortunes, and to the number of people settled in particular places.
Page 147 - Thus, there are supposed to be now upwards of one million English souls in North America, (though it is thought scarce eighty thousand has been brought over sea,) and yet perhaps there is not one the fewer in Britain, but rather many more, on account of the employment the colonies afford to manufacturers at home.
Page 393 - ... the privilege of being governed by a native of their own country, or by their own laws.
Page 84 - Europe to fupport each other's Independency, and to prevent any Thing that has the Appearance of an Univerfal Monarchy, or the introducing the Influence of one Court over the greateft Part of the reft; becaufe this muft be detrimental to the whole, and prejudicial to the Freedom, Learning, Arts, Manufactures and Commerce of Europe in general. This we learn not only from the Principles of true Policy, but alfo from the unerring Lights of Experience; fince it is impoffible to aflign a Time when the...