New PDF release: Democracy and Liberty: In Two Volumes

By William Edward Hartpole Lecky

Democracy and Liberty is the main thorough guide of conservative politics produced through the 19th century.

— Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind

"When democracy turns, because it frequently does, right into a corrupt plutocracy, either nationwide decadence and social revolution are being prepared." So wrote the Irish-born historian, W. E. H. Lecky (1838–1903) during this devastating attack on mass democracy.

Lecky spoke for the landed gentry and the higher heart sessions of past due Victorian England whilst he warned his countrymen that an unfettered democracy could spoil the stability of pursuits in the neighborhood and thereby undermine the Constitution.

"A tendency to democracy," acknowledged Lecky, "does no longer suggest a bent to parliamentary govt, or perhaps a tendency towards better liberty." certainly, the kind of democracy rising in Britain the rudiment of socialism.

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