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I have endeavoured to explain how difficult it is for inexperienced mankind to take
to such a government ; how much more natural , that is , how much more easy to
uneducated men is loyalty to a monarch . A nation which does not expect good ...
For these reasons , though we may use the present Constitution of France as a
useful aid to our imaginations , in conceiving of a purely Parliamentary republic ,
of a monarchy minus the monarch , we must not think of it as much more . It is too
Every instructed theologian would say that it was the duty of a person born under
a Republic as much to obey that Republic as it is the duty of one born under a
Monarchy to obey the monarch . But the mass of the English people do not think
The Pretender , it was said , was not legitimate , though the birth was proved by
evidence which any Court of Justice would have accepted . The English people
were “ out of ” a sacred monarch , and so they tried very hard to make a new one .
... blunder of Sièyes brings the excellence of real monarchy to the best light .
When a monarch can bless , it is best that he should not be touched . It should be
evident that he does no wrong . He should not 44 THE ENGLISH
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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