A Masterpiece of Political Thought: James Bryce’s “The American Commonwealth”

By |2019-06-13T12:23:19-05:00July 1st, 2013|Categories: American Republic, James Bryce, Mark Malvasi, Political Philosophy|Tags: , |

The best that E. L. Godkin, the editor of the liberal journal The Nation, could say about United States congressmen in 1874 was that “we underrate their honesty, but we overrate their intelligence.” Henry Adams, another patrician critic of late nineteenth-century American politics, remarked that to disprove Darwin’s theory of evolution one need only study [...]