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Powers of Government

“Every government, whether monarchial, aristocratical, or democratical, may be conducted arbitrarily, and not in accordance with government rules. There is not, and cannot be, anything in the form of any government, which will afford its subjects a legal security against an improper, arbitrary exercise the sovereign power. This security is to be found only in the influence of public opinion, and the other moral restraints which create the main differences in the goodness of supreme governments.”

– George Cornewall Lewis

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