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Considerations on Representative Government

By: John Stuart Mill

...an the recent debates on Reform of Parliament, that both Conservatives and Liberals (if I may continue to call them what they still call themselves) h... ...h, in virtue of its superior comprehensiveness, might be adopted by either Liberal or Conservative without renouncing any thing which he really feels ... ...e in which there was scarcely a throne in Europe which was not filled by a liberal and reforming king, a lib eral and reforming emperor, or, stranges... ...reforming king, a lib eral and reforming emperor, or, strangest of all, a liberal and reforming pope; the age of Frederic the Great, of Catherine the... ... Ganganelli, of Pombal, of D’Aranda; when the very Bourbons of Naples were liberals and reformers, and all the active minds among the noblesse of Fran... ...st its own errors. Such precautions have ex isted in all well constructed democracies. The Athenian Con stitution had many such provisions, and so h... ...d), have been, in respect to intellec tual endowments, much on a par with democracies; that is, they have manifested such qualities in any considerab... ...ington and Jefferson, were not more completely exceptions in their several democracies, and were assuredly much more splendid exceptions, than the Cha... ...certain evils; but those evils are greatly aggravated by the fact that the democracies which at present exist are not equal, but systematically unequa...

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Notes on Life and Letters

By: Joseph Conrad

...ers In the second half of the eighteenth century there were two centres of liberal ideas on the continent of Europe: France and Poland. On an impartia... ... to a certain extent a convenient rallying-point for all manifestations of liberalism. Since that time we have come to be regarded simply as a nuisanc... ...nstitutions. The Pol- ish State offers a singular instance of an extremely liberal administrative federalism which, in its Par- liamentary life as wel... ...e or from an exaggerated sense of its own cleverness. I am speaking now of democracies whose chiefs resemble the tyrant of Syracuse in this, 107 Jose... ...man who advocated a St. Bartholomew’s Night for the suppression of Russian liberalism) was displaying his “divine” (I have read the very word in an En...

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