James Harrington

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… all other [than Christianity] religions, with the public exercise of the same, be both tolerated and protected by the council of religion: and that all professors of any such religion be equally capability of all elections, magistracies, preferments and offices in the commonwealth. Religion & God
… an empire of laws and not of men. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
… if one person owns the preponderance of land in a given territory, the result is monarchy; if a few own it, we have aristocracy; if the whole people be landlords, it is a commonwealth. Equality & Equal Opportunity
…empire follows the balance of property, whether lodged in one, a few, or many hands. Power
…he who goes about to introduce monarchy where the condition of the people is equal shall never bring it to pass, unless he cull out such of them as are the most turbulent and ambitious, and make them gentlemen or noblemen, not in name but in effect, that is by enriching them with lands, castles, and treasures, that may gain them power amongst the rest and bring in the rest unto dependence upon themselves, to the end that, they maintaining their ambition by the prince, the prince may maintain his power by them. Management & Managing Government
…to hold that government may be founded upon community is to hold that there may be a black swan or a castle in the air. Management & Managing Government
…to make a commonwealth is to divide it into parties, which setteth them at perpetual variance, the one party endeavouring to preserve their eminence and inequality, and the other to attain their equality. Political Parties & Machines
A Popular Assembly without a Senate cannot be wise. A Senate without a Popular Assembly will not be honest. Management & Managing Government
Dominion must naturally follow Property. Power
He that is for a government of laws is for the government of God. And he that is for a government of man is for government of a beast. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
No man can be a politician except he be first a historian. History
The balance of a commonwealth that is equal is of such nature that whatever falleth into her empire must fall equally. Equality & Equal Opportunity
the main question seems to be how a commonwealth comes to be an empire of laws and not of men Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The People cannot see, but they can feel. The People having felt the difference between a Government of Laws and a Government of Arms, will always desire the Government of Laws, and abhor that of arms. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The power that can invade the liberty of conscience can usurp civil liberty; and where there is a power that can usurp civil liberty, there is no commonwealth. Freedom & Liberty
The wisdom of the few may be the light of mankind, but the interest of the few is not the profit of mankind, nor of a commonwealth. Lobbying & Special Interests
Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
A whole army, though they can neither write nor read, are not afraid of a platform, which they know is but earth or stone; nor of a cannon, which, without a hand to give fire to it, is but cold iron; therefore a whole army is afraid of one man.
No man can be a politician, except he be first a historian or a traveller; for except he can see what must be, or what may be, he is no politician.
The Law is but words and paper without the hands of swords of men.
Vice: Whatever was passion in the contemplation of man, being brought forth by his will into action.