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According to that theory , the two Houses are two branches of the Legislature ,
perfectly equal and perfectly distinct . But before the Act of 1832 they were not so
distinct ; there was a very large and a very strong common element . By their ...
... those who were their equals , perhaps their superiors , in wealth , their equals
in culture , and their inferiors only in descent and rank . The possessors of the “
material ” distinctions of life , XXX INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION .
The overt electioneering power of the Lords does not at all equal its real social
power . The English plutocracy , as is often said of something yet coarser , must
be " humoured , not drove ; " they may easily be impelled against the aristocracy
... passion it would not stand . Much short of the compulsory equal division of the
Code Napoleon , stringent clauses might be provided to obstruct and prevent
these great aggregations of INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION . xxxiii.
Enormous customs duties are necessary , and it would be all but impossible to
impose equal excise duties even if the Americans desired it . In consequence ,
besides what the Americans pay to the Government , they are paying a great deal
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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