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|I )Q JjONDON-BRITISH CONSTITUTION. word representation was understood in |
the same sense by every body, ... Rousseau, " think they are free, but they are
much mistaken ; they are so only during an election of members of Parliament ;
|The English," says J. J. Rousseau, " think they are free, but they are much |
mistaken ; they are so only during an election of members of Parliament ; as soon
as this election is made, they are slaves, — they are nothing : and the use they
|It is hinted, by more than one writer, that under such a free constitution as that of |
England there was no medium left between slavery and liberty. ... and he quotes (
though not with entire approval) a sarcasm of Rousseau's : ' The English think
they are free, but they are much mistaken. They are so only during an election of
members of parliament ; as soon as this election is made, they are slaves, they
|If today we hold this truth to be self-evident, it is in large part because we are |
heirs of Rousseau. ... "The English people think they are free, but they are greatly
mistaken. They are free only at the moment when they elect members of
Parliament, and once those are elected, the people are slaves, they are nothing."
And since ...
|The Principle of National Sovereignty is simple only in appearance ; very different |
political systems were engrafted on this ... it is no law ; the English people think
they are free, but they are so only during an election of members of Parliament; ...
|is to say, they are not laws at all. The English people think they are free, but in |
this belief they are profoundly wrong. They are free only when they are electing
members of Parliament. Once the election has been completed, they revert to a ...
|The Letters from the Mountain were intended to rebut Robert Tronchin's |
argument in his Letters from the Country by ... well-known remark in The Social
Contract‡ about the English being free only on election days, this praise of
England might ... 22 *'The English people think they are free. ... They are free
when they elect Members of Parliament; as soon as those are elected, the
electorate is enslaved; it is ...
|The English House of Commons is an obvious example both historically and |
today. At this point I find it relevant to quote what Jean Jacques Rousseau had to
say about the English Parliament: "The English people believe they are free.
They are ... They are free only on the day they elect the members of parliament.
As soon as the members are elected, the people are slaves. They ... During the
short moments of liberty they enjoy, the use they make of it shows that they
deserve to lose it.
|... devaluing of the representative system, which by then had been in place in |
England for many decades: ''The English people believe they are free, but they
are grossly mistaken. They are only so during the elections of members of