sábado, outubro 29, 2011

Lord Acton : The American Revolution

The American Revolution por John Dalberg Acton:
The rational and humanitarian enlightenment of the 18th century did much for the welfare of mankind, but little to promote the securities of freedom. Power was better employed than formerly, but it did not abdicate.
The Americans proceeded to give themselves a Constitution which should hold them together more effectively than the congress which carried them through the war…
The powers of the states were limited. The powers of the federal government were actually enumerated, and thus the states and the union were a check on each other. That principle of division was the most efficacious restraint on democracy that has been devised; for the temper of the Constitutional Convention was as conservative as the Declaration of Independence was revolutionary.

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