Despotism is a legitimate mode of government in dealing with barbarians, provided the end be their improvement.
Whenever the general disposition of the people is such, that each individual regards those only of his interests which are selfish, and does not dwell on, or concern himself for, his share of the general interest, in such a state of things, good government is impossible.
Among a people without fellow-feeling, especially if they read and speak different languages, the united public opinion, necessary to the working of the representative government, cannot exist.
The question was, whether, if the reformers of society and government could succeed in their objects, and every person in the community were free and in a state of physical comfort, the pleasures of life, being no longer kept up by struggle and privation, would cease to be pleasures.
The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power.
The only power deserving the name is that of masses, and of governments while they make themselves the organ of the tendencies and instincts of masses.