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|We are defeated by compromise because, no matter how much we may deceive |
ourselves into thinking that good government is an aggregate of laws and parks,
it is not true. Good government is the outcome of private virtue, and virtue is one ...
|Good government is a good balancing of these; and, except a keen eye and |
appetite for self-interest, requires no virtue in any quarter. To both parties it is
emphatically a machine: to the discontented ... the outcome of private virtue. -
|Ford had used the words on several previous 4 The object of government in |
peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the
common man. WILLIAM ... 7 Good government is the outcome of private virtue.
|Private morality depends on such personal virtues as honesty, generosity, |
reliability, industry, and fortitude. ... Personal virtue is a good in itself, but it is not a
sufficient means to the end of good government. Perils of Extremism A second,
more perilous distortion of the relation between private and public virtue results
from extremism in the use of public power to promote private virtue. If virtuous
|Aristotle's Politics is a treatise on the subject of political science and government and is considered to be one of the greatest works on the subject from classical antiquity.|
|The governments of Brazil and Mexico, for instance, have been clever in |
imposing austerity at one time, then relaxing the rules when ... Some state-owned
firms that form part of the bloated public sector in Latin America have actually
been sold back into private hands. ... As a result, not a single Latin American
government has taken the advice of Fidel Castro to repudiate its debts. ...
Brazilians like to say, only partially in jest, that while a little debt is a bad thing, a
big debt is a good thing.
|Most scholars agree that in the republican vision, civic virtue was required for |
good government. Politics was not simply about the pursuit of private interests
and trade-offs or arbitration among them. The object of government was the
|Republican government must rest on virtue, but there are two sorts of virtue— |
private and public. Private virtue is the virtue of the soul; it is the moral virtue of a
good man. Public virtue, on the other hand, is the virtue of a good citizen.
|Here the implied notion of “the political” entails seeking as wide a consensus as |
possible about what the public good actually might be, combined with a belief ...
to a Science,” citing the Roman Republic during the Punic Wars, “The ages of
greatest public spirit are not always most eminent for private virtue. Good laws
may beget order and moderation in the government, where the manners and
|The episodes in Book V also reject the Amazonian tradition; in addition, they |
identify the public virtue of equity with the private virtue of chastity and illustrate
that legitimate female rule results in good government because it is feminine.