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An endeavour is made in the following short and fragmentary chapters to trace the growth of modern political opinions. For this purpose the doctrines propounded by distinguished French, English, and American writers are cited, the value of their doctrines tested by later experience, and their predictions compared with subsequent events.
Our present form of government is a fusion of Monarchy and Democracy; in which fusion during the last fifty years Democracy has been continually advancing. Whether this movement indicates the progressive improvement of the constitution, or its deterioration and decay, is a question on which politicians will differ.