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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 37

Who are the Centralist's?

Who are the Centralist's?

It is unfortunate that the theorists of Radical Reform have so largely played the game of Absolutism. It is hard to say whether Jeremy Bentham or the Emperor Joseph the Second, the French Revolutionists or Louis the Fourteenth were the greater Centralisers. Socratcs and Plato held, in common with Bentham, that a nation ought to be governed by a set of functionaries, and that all the rest had nothing to do but pay tribute and obey. In the cultivated ranks those who are not stupefied by the opium of Bentham are too often made giddy by the champagne of Plato. But, disguise it as one will, selfishness and materialism is the result.

The higher science of politics, which rises above Politicial page 31 Economy, is never really able to direct the channels of employment; its more important function is—To impart moral character—sanction moral relations—and claim the performance of relative duties, in all the existing and tolerated forms of social life. And in this consists the Organisation of States.

(Prof. Newman.)