John Stuart Mill – 5/8/2010

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    * To think that because those who wield power in society wield in the end that of government, therefore it is of no use to attempt to influence the constitution of the government by acting on opinion, is to forget that opinion is itself one of the greatest active social forces. One person with a belief is a social power equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.
    o Ch. I: To What Extent Forms of Government Are a Matter of Choice (p. 155)

    * Whenever the general disposition of the people is such, that each individual regards those only of his interests which are selfish, and does not dwell on, or concern himself for, his share of the general interest, in such a state of things, good government is impossible.
    o Ch. II: The Criterion of a Good Form of Government (p. 167)

    * A bureaucracy always tends to become a pedantocracy.
    o Ch. VI: Of the Infirmities and Dangers to Which Representative Government Is Liable (p. 234)

    * Among a people without fellow-feeling, especially if they read and speak different languages, the united public opinion, necessary to the working of the representative government, cannot exist.
    o Ch. XVI: Of Nationality, As Connected with Representative Government (p. 382)

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