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They were not influenced by ideas , but by facts ; not by things palpable , but by
things impalpable . Not to put too fine à point upon it , they were influenced by
rank and wealth . No doubt the better sort of them believed that those who were ...
... approximations to that state happily exist . But such was not the state of the
minor English shopkeepers . They were just competent to make a selection
between two sets of superior ideas ; or rather — for the conceptions of such
people are ...
I am afraid I must put aside at once the idea that it will be altered entirely and
altered for the better . I cannot expect that the new class of voters will be at all
more able to form sound opinions on complex questions than the old voters .
There was ...
... question cannot be easily discussed in the abstract ; much must depend on the
nature of the measures in each particular case ; on the evil they would cause if
conceded ; on the attractiveness of their idea to the working classes if refused .
Hardly any one in America had any living idea what Mr . Lincoln was like , come
are definite notion what he would do . The leading ' statesmen , under the system
of cabinet government are not only household words , but household ideas .
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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