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|Every state is a community of some kind, and every community is established with a view to some good; for mankind always acts in order to obtain that which they think good.|
|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.
|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.
|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
|Government intervention can take the shape of public production, the provision of |
government subsidies, the ... Underpinning this is the long-standing belief that
competition, even if simulated, can produce an improved outcome in terms of the
|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.
|the standard of judgment has been a certain preconceived index of good |
government, for instance a certain division of ... into this latter error when he says,
" The ages of the greatest public spirit are not always most eminent for private
|Taylor rejected the notion that a virtuous citizenry was necessary in order to have |
a good republic. He refuted the idea that “the members of society cannot form
equal and just laws for self government, unless these members are virtuous.”
Taylor ... to the opposite view, associated with David Hume and, as Taylor saw
him, Alexander Hamilton, that public good could be derived from harnessing
|The central importance of ethics is a precondition for good government and a |
way to maintain or restore citizen confidence. • Private virtue is not necessarily
public virtue. This paradox distinguishes between personal morality and political