By William Edward Hartpole Lecky
Democracy and Liberty is the main thorough handbook of conservative politics produced throughout the 19th century.
— Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind
"When democracy turns, because it usually 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 center sessions of past due Victorian England whilst he warned his countrymen that an unfettered democracy could damage the stability of pursuits locally 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 higher liberty." certainly, the kind of democracy rising in Britain the rudiment of socialism.
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Democracy and Liberty: In Two Volumes by William Edward Hartpole Lecky