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Experiments in Government and the Essentials of the Constitution

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Author: Elihu Root
Language: English
Wordcount: 14,032 / 49 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 36.1
LoC Category: JC
Downloads: 716
Added to site: 2009.05.30
mnybks.net#: 24309
Genre: Politics
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vate affairs at the expense of individual initiative, energy, enterprise, courage, independent manhood.

The strength of self-government and the motive power of progress must be found in the characters of the individual citizens who make up a nation. Weaken individual character among a people by comfortable reliance upon paternal government and a nation soon becomes incapable of free self-government and fit only to be governed: the higher and nobler qualities of national life that make for ideals and effort and achievement become atrophied and the nation is decadent.

A fourth consideration is that in the nature of things all government must be imperfect because men are imperfect. Every system has its shortcomings and inconveniences; and these are seen and felt as they exist in the system under which we live, while the shortcomings and inconveniences of other systems are forgotten or ignored.

It is not unusual to see governmental methods reformed and after a time, long enough to forget the

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