Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lecky Passing at 111

Eleven decades and a year ago today, William Edward Hartpole Lecky, who stood up against the rising age of democracy, passed on from this world.

I read his two-volume work Democracy and Liberty from start to end not too long ago. One of his many insights are:

No danger in representative government was deemed greater than that it should degenerate into a system of veiled confiscation—one class voting the taxes which another class was compelled to pay.

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