Outspoken Essays

Author: W.R. Inge
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 102,786 / 309 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.6
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 826
Added to site: 2005.03.05
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Genres: Essays, Religion, History
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Our Present Discontents
Patriotism
The Birth-Rate
The Future of the English Race
Bishop Gore and the Church of England
Roman Catholic Modernism
Cardinal Newman
St. Paul
Institutionalism and Mysticism
The Indictment Against Christianity
Survival and Immortality

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suffice; the words are the words of Anatole Beaulieu in 1885:

The wider the circle from which politicians and state-functionaries are recruited, the lower seems their intellectual level to have sunk. This deterioration in the personnel of government has been yet more striking from the moral point of view. Politics have tended to become more corrupt, more debased, and to soil the hands of those who take part in them and the men who get their living by them. Political battles have become too bitter and too vulgar not to have inspired aversion in the noblest and most upright natures by their violence and their intrigues. The élite of the nation in more than one country are showing a tendency to have nothing to do with them. Politics is an industry in which a man, to prosper, requires less intelligence and knowledge than boldness and capacity for intrigue. It has already become in some states the most ignominious of careers. Parties are syndicates for exploitation, and its forms become ever more sha

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