Outspoken Essays

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Outspoken Essays by W. R. Inge

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1920

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Our Present DiscontentsPatriotismThe Birth-RateThe Future of the English RaceBishop Gore and the Church of EnglandRoman Catholic ModernismCardinal NewmanSt. PaulInstitutionalism and MysticismThe Indictment Against ChristianitySurvival 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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