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The Pamphleteer (Volume 14)

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Pages: 382

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:2/6/2010 - General Books LLC

By: Abraham John Valpy

The book may have numerous typos or missing text. It is not illustrated or indexed. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from the publisher's website. You can also preview the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a trial membership in the publisher's book club where they can select from more than a million books for free. Volume: 14 Original Publisher: A. J. Valpy. Publication date: 1819 Description: Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: WHAT IS A REVOLUTION? ORIGINAL. LONDON: WHAT ISA REVOLUTION? There is no country perhaps where the truth in political matters is to be discovered with such difficulty as in England. The freedom of the press, which, in the drier topics of literature and science, is the real source of accuracy and knowledge, here diverts or obstructs our view by the constant misrepresentation of party feeling. The nature of our constitution, indeed, makes every political point a ground of geneial attachment to one side or the other: it is not merely that the leader of a party in the Houses of Parliament, or even his friends, maintain the struggle: but his friends also have their friends, they theirs, and so on through a long descending list of eager and active combatants: these too generally increasing in acrimony in proportion as they are farther removed from the original scene of action: each man's zeal being mixed up with some private and personal feeling that ties him individually to the cause. One grounds his political creed on the tenets of his acquaintances or relations, another (and that by no means an uncommon case) on the hereditary sentunents of his family. For, are there indeed in any line of life that write, or speak, or think, according to abstract ideas of right or wrong, or that feel themselves calm and wholly disinterested on any material political question ? Nor does this peculiarity of our conntnmtn, though originating in the turn given to us by our form of government, limit itself lo matters strictly speaking political. Every subject in Englandbecomes in one way or other a party question: at no time is a single new proposition admitted without the most violent, it might almost be said, interested discussion: and each new scheme that is brought forward, divides... Subjects: Great Britain: History / Europe / Great Britain: Language Arts  


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