That's the vision shared by most teledemocracy champions today.
The stately "Quarterly Review," in its number for July, uses a little more of dignity in wording the title of an article upon our affairs thus,--"Democracy on its Trial"; but it makes up for the waste of refinement upon its text by a lavish indulgence in scurrility and falsehood in its comments.
* * * * * Sir CHARLES WALDSTEIN, author of the thoughtful Aristodemocracy, is a thinker with an internationalist mind.
It is in the great contrasts and the essential parallelism of the French and the Anglo-Saxon democratic systems that one finds the best practical reason for anticipating very profound changes in these two inevitables of democracy, the Press and the lawyer-politician, and for assuming that the method of democracy has still a vast range of experimental adjustment between them still untried.
A Picture of the John Real Democracy:-- "What are these, So withered and so wild in their attire; That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth, And yet are on't?"
The great words, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, that the French placed upon their public buildings in the period of the Revolution, are the essential battle-cry of true democracy,--as it is to be, rather than as it is at present.
Since I have been talking in such lordly style of those miserable Jameses and Charleses, I will take the opportunity to confess that I have inherited my father's thorough-going democracy,--double measure, pressed down and running over.
Thus she passed back into the throng, and into the arms of fickle and repentant Washington, which marveled when she danced, flushed, excited, yet absorbed, with the gallant old general, himself intoxicated by the music and by all this warm talk of freedom, of equality, of democracy,--in Washington!
* * * * * THE LAST MOTTO OF THE JOHN REAL DEMOCRACY.--O'BRIEN, LED--WITH a hook.
It is a royal work, undertaken and achieved by the Democracy,--surprising equally themselves and their skeptical friends at home and abroad,--and developing, both in its creation and growth, in its use and application, new and almost incredible tastes, aptitudes, capacities, and powers in the people themselves.
In fact, Caesar's other projects also, as I have often stated, he both brought to vote and carried out in the same fashion, under the name of democracy,--the most of them being introduced by Antony,--but with the substance of despotism.
Much has been said about the rabble,--the democracy,--their turbulence, corruption, and degradation, their unfitness to rule, and all that sort of thing, which I regard as irrelevant, so far as the usurpation of Caesar is concerned; since the struggle was not between them and the nobles, but between a fortunate general and the aristocracy who controlled the State.
* * * * * XXVII.--DEMOCRACY THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE.
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