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Macaulay On U.S. Democracy

July 21, 2011

From the correspondence of Lord Macaulay and Henry Randall, author of the Life of Jefferson:

Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor. As I said before, when a society has entered on this downward progress, either civilization or liberty must perish. Either some Caesar or Napoleon will seize the reins of government with a strong hand; or your Republic will be as fearfully plundered and laid waste by barbarians in the twentieth century as the Roman Empire was in the fifth; with this difference, that the Huns and Vandals, who ravaged the Roman Empire, came from without, and that your Huns and Vandals will have been engendered within your country by your own institutions.


  1. non permalink
    July 27, 2011 12:41 pm

    Blah blah blah. Today he’d be eating curry whilst his truant daughters bang the local muzz.

  2. Mike Gibson permalink*
    July 21, 2011 6:27 pm

    Yeah, they don’t make’em like they used to.

  3. Zach C permalink
    July 21, 2011 1:22 pm

    Wow! Beautiful writing and such prescience.

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