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5 July 1811 25
V. ad

18 12

or 25
Both propensities
being the result of mental
weakness, the same
person who wishes for and
expects blind obsequiousness
from future generations unknown
will be blindly obsequious
to antecedent ones.

While with a presumption thus blind one set of legislators are seen thus busy in determining settling
the conduct and the lot of their posterity to the end of time, conceive
another set of legislators eager occupied with an equally
blind anxiety devotion in tending their own fate in the judgment
pronounced upon it by their predecessors.

Another set? No: verily: for parts this at first opposite as the parts themselves
view opposite, can not but appear, yet for the performance of them there is no need to look out for a separate two different sets
of actors. The strength of the will is much more apt to
find itself in the inverse than in the direct ratio of the
strength of the understanding. In both As on the one part
the presumption so on the other part the prostration [flow
naturally from the same source] derive naturally nor effects disorders symptoms that flow their
existence from the same morbific cause the weakness of
the intellectual faculty the intellect. Of that weakness Of weakness
in that part of man's the mental frame inconsistency and self-
contradiction is in every shape the natural result.

It belongs to the same character to submitt be most ready to tyranny
with least reluctance, and to exercise it with most promptitude. be most prompt eager to exercise it.

or 26
This is the same
weakness by which legislators
are disposed
to believe or pretend to
believe that no man
understands how to
manage his own private
concerns so well as
they do, and to legislate
upon him accordingly:

regulating the private
of each man
in the management
of his own affairs

absurd self-admiration
and loss of power under
the mask of social

The sort of maen who is thus ready to gratify his appetite
for power at the expence of those whom distance of time has
placed out of the reach of his knowledge by distance
in point of time is are the same sort of man who is equally
ready to afford gratification to the same appetite at
the expence of men who by whose local distance has
placed alike out of his reach: the same sort of men
in whose conception no-man is so fit will qualificate for managing the management of
his own affairs as they are for managing him for him: no
man understands so well man has so correct and compleat a conception of what his own interest is
as they have.

Identifier: | JB/104/165/001
"JB/" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 104.



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