Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The incurable provincials

"If a system of institutions is well adapted to the general spirit of the people, it has become so strongly individualized, in the opinion of Montesquieu, that it it is unusable for any other people. (Montesquieu might be read with profit by the incurable provincials who believe that a system of government that has worked in one country is a panacea for the evils of the world.)" -- Eric Voeglin, History of political ideas volume 7, p. 167

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