Popular Law-making

Author: Frederic Jesup Stimson (J. S. of Dale)
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 138,201 / 421 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41.4
LoC Category: J
Downloads: 414
Added to site: 2004.07.02
mnybks.net#: 8522
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eculiar to the Anglo-Saxon people; that is, the invention or the idea of personal liberty; which is understood, and always has been understood, by Anglo-Saxons in a sense in which it never existed before, so far as I know, in any people in the history of the world. It is that notion of personal liberty which was the cause of representative government, not representative government that was the cause of personal liberty. In other words, the people did not get up a parliament for the sake of having that parliament enact laws securing personal liberty. It was the result of a condition of personal liberty which prevailed among them and in their laws that resulted in representative government, and in the institution of a legislature, making, as we now would say, the laws; though a thousand years ago they never said that a legislature made laws, they only said that it told what the laws were. This is another very important distinction. The "law" of the free Anglo-Saxon people was regarded as a thi

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