What is needed for free institutions to work

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As I noted in a post yesterday, John Stuart Mill once observed that democracy could work only among a unified homogeneous people. This ominous passage is from Chapter XVI of his Considerations on Representative Government:

“Free institutions are next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities. Among a people without fellow-feeling, especially if they read and speak different languages, the united public opinion, necessary to the working of representative government, cannot exist. The influences which form opinions and decide political acts are different in the different sections of the country. An altogether different set of leaders have the confidence of one part of the country and of another. The same books, newspapers, pamphlets, speeches, do not reach them. One section does not know what opinions, or what instigations, are circulating in another. […] For the preceding reasons, it is in general a necessary condition of free institutions that the boundaries of governments should coincide in the main with those of nationalities.” (Mill [1861] 1991*: 291-294).

There is nothing there we do not see at every turn across the world today. What a dark future there must be if he was actually right. Even if you’re not partial to his economics, he is the man who wrote On Liberty.

On this note, we bring news from the election in the United States.

VIDEO: rump Forced To Hop Fence After Protesters Form Human Chain, Block Entrance To San Fran Hotel…T
‘It Felt Like I Was Crossing The Border’…
Rioters rage outside Trump rally in SO CAL…
Smash police car, hurl rocks at motorists…
Hundreds waving Mexican flags…
Cops outnumbered…
Video…
‘He’s gonna build a wall in our land’…
‘Everybody is scared right now because they know change coming’…
Rush to naturalize immigrant voters before election…

Where in the world is Mill shown not to be right. The Declaration of the Rights of Man – not the rights of a Frenchman or an Englishman – will be the death of our civilisation, which we may be witnessing before our eyes.

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* Mill, John Stuart. [1861] 1991. Considerations on Representative Government, In J. Gray (ed.) On Liberty and Other Essays. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 203-467.

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