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1819 Aug. 18

Note continued
Ch. Logical High-fliers


That in his Lordship's opinion the course opposed by him
was not in its probable effects materially worse than the course proposed by him,
may not unreasonably be inferred from the use made his thus
calling in aid this fallacy, and to which moreover, as appears by
the words "old" and "old-fashioned" [for an additional the support of
support to it, the] two other fallacies the Authority-worshipper's
and the Ancestor-worshipper's (which see) are called in. are is added. So
is the
by virtue of the word Constitution once more that of the fallacy here in question,
though under another but though closely allied form. Assuredly if in
the Constitution, as it stands at present, there be any thing portion
bad, so it is that for the preservation of this bad portion worship of the attachment to forms
will in proportion to the strenuousness of it be conducive. For
be the form in question ever so bad — let it be even so flagrantly
bad that in itself taken in and by itself nothing could be found by any body to say
in defence of it, still it would nevertheless remain a form:
and consequently supposing the a determination to be formed and remain unchanged
that no form should ever be changed, then the Constitution with
the mischievous portion in question would on this supposition remain to the end
of time.

Among the forms which are so convenient for the "preservation
of the Constitution with all its mischiefs in the belly of it, is the
form of saying for the more effectual deception of the people,
that which in which, to the perfect conviction of the Orator there
is not a syllable of truth. For example that "Had the Privy
Council been called, that which was done in the other way
would not equally have been done: and that "All communication
had been withheld from the Monarch of the day
But this is among the uses of the Monarch in the Constitution,
the having a subject (for the Monarch is in the logical sense in logical language a
subject) of which with incontestable propriety all manner of
untruths may be, and even must be continually uttered by every
body that speaks: by which amongst other with the aid of so many other devices, right
and wrong are made to be looked upon as being upon every occasion dependent/depending
upon the will of men
in power, and mendacity
— [constant and universal
mendacity —] "as
[being indispensably] necessary
to good government.

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