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Democratic Government Opposes More Impediments to Disinterested Patriotism Than Any Other Form…

Alexander Fraser Tytler

Alexander Fraser Tytler

“Democratic government opposes more impediments to disinterested patriotism than any other form. To surmount these, a pitch of virtue is necessary which, in other situations, where the obstacles are less great and numerous, is not called in to exertion. The nature of a republican government gives to every member of the state an equal right to cherish views of ambition, and to aspire to the highest offices of the commonwealth; it gives to every individual of the same title with his fellows to aspire at the government of the whole.” — Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee (October 15, 1747 –January 5, 1813) was a Scottish advocate, judge, writer and historian who served as Professor of Universal History, and Greek and Roman Antiquities, in the University of Edinburgh. Tytler’s other positions included Senator of the College of Justice and George Commissioner of Justiciary in Scotland


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