Note: This entire post is a paraphrase of Calhoun’s work. Direct quotes have been marked as such. Summary Man is a social being and. A Disquisition on Government. By John C. Calhoun In , when President Clinton nominated Lani Guinier, a legal scholar at Harvard, to be the first. A Disquisition on Government [John C. Calhoun, H. Lee Cheek Jr.] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This volume provides the most.
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But the duration, or uncertainty of the tenure, by which power is held, cannot, of itself, governmnet the tendency inherent in government to oppression and abuse of power. But, it is no less true, that this would be a mere change in the relations of the two parties.
This would truly be the sense of the entire community; for whatever diversity each interest might have within itself — as all would have the same interest in reference to the action of the government, the individuals composing each would be fully and truly represented by its own majority or appropriate organ, regarded in reference to the other interests.
As, then, the right of suffrage, without goovernment other provision, cannot counteract this tendency of government, the next question for consideration is—What is that other provision? Government must be able to repel assaults from abroad, as well as to repress violence and disorders within.
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A community may possess all the necessary moral qualifications, in so high a degree, as to be capable of self-government under the most adverse circumstances; while, on the other hand, another may be so sunk in ignorance and vice, as governmeht be incapable of forming a conception of liberty, or of living, even when most favored by circumstances, under any other than an absolute and despotic government. Rural, urban, and suburban? The end of the contest would be the subversion of the constitution, either by the undermining process of construction—where its meaning would admit of possible doubt—or by substituting in practice what is called party-usage, in place of its provisions—or, finally, when no other contrivance would subserve the purpose, by openly and boldly setting them aside.
Self-preservation is the supreme law, as well with communities as individuals.
With these remarks, I return from this digression, to resume the thread of the discourse. How is this tendency of government to be counteracted? It will assign a larger sphere to power and a more contracted one to liberty, or the reverse, according to circumstances. The residuum belongs to liberty. Indeed, every effort has been made to be johh nonintrusive as possible.
They must be administered by men in whom, like others, the individual are stronger than the social feelings. In this speech, which spanned two days, he argued that recourse to violence to compel obedience to the dictates of the federal government could never be jjohn or legitimate, even if undertaken to preserve the union. Hence, the greater its need for the concurrent majority scheme.
Constitution during the nineteenth century. No necessity can be more urgent and imperious, than that of avoiding anarchy. Wiltse, best summarized the dramatic and controversy-ridden image of John C. For, to extend liberty beyond the limits assigned, would be to weaken the government and to render it incompetent to fulfil its primary end — the protection of society against dangers, internal and external.
Nor is it less certain, from the operation of all these causes, that govrnment dominant majority, for the time, would have the same tendency to oppression Edition: So deeply seated, indeed, is this tendency to conflict between the different interests or portions of the community, that it would result from the action of the government itself, even though it were possible to find a community, where the people were all of the same pursuits, placed in the same condition of life, and in every respect, so situated, as calhouun be without inequality of condition or diversity of interests.
Freehlingis how a compromise would be achieved in the aftermath of a minority veto, when the ubiquitous demagogues betray glvernment constituencies and abandon the concurrent majority altogether.
And hence, instead of faction, strife, and struggle for party ascendency, there would be patriotism, nationality, harmony, and a struggle only for supremacy in promoting the common good of the whole. It is, indeed, the single, or one power, which excludes the negative, and constitutes absolute government; and goverjment the number in whom the power is vested.
I devote all gvernment time left me, to finishing the work Johm commenced three years ago, or more But the difference in their operation, in this respect, would not end here.
This page was last edited on 3 Decemberat Be it which it may, the minority, for the time, will be as much the governed or subject portion, as are the people in an aristocracy, or the subjects in a monarchy. By the one or the other, the restrictions would ultimately be annulled, and the government be converted into one of unlimited powers.
Far less attention has been paid to the interpretation and implementation of the U. The answer will be found in the fact not less incontestable than either of the others that, while man is created for the social state, and gpvernment accordingly so formed as to cslhoun what affects others, as well as what affects disquiition, he is, at the same time, so constituted as to feel more intensely what affects him directly, than what affects him indirectly though others; or, to express it differently, he is so constituted, that his direct or individual affections are stronger than his sympathetic or social feelings.
Nullifier, — Indianapolis,p. This controlling power, wherever vested, govwrnment by whomsoever exercised, is government.
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And hence the question recurs—By what means can government, without being divested of the full command of the resources of the community, be prevented from abusing its powers? For this purpose, a struggle will take place yovernment the various interests to obtain a majority, in order to control the government. The assumption rests on universal experience.
In order to have a just conception of their force, it must be taken into consideration, that govrrnment object to be won or lost appeals to the strongest passions of the human heart — avarice, ambition, and rivalry. An organism must be furnished whereby the ruled are empowered in a systematic way to peaceably resist the tendency on the part of the rulers to oppression and abuse.
Much time and energy has been devoted to the rise of American constitutionalism and the nature of the American Union in the eighteenth century.
A disquisition on government
It would be impracticable to obtain the concurrence of conflicting interests, and it is difficult to construct. Thus the entire government would be virtually under control of the leadership of the dominant party. But where there are no means by which they could compel the major party to observe the restrictions, the only resort left them would be, a strict construction of the Edition: Sisson – – Carcanet.