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Prof. HAROLD J. LASKI : Social Purpose-VI, The Case for Democracy '


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THE argument in favour of democratic government insists that all citizens have an equal interest in what the state does, and that the state will not be successful in knowing what to do except by knowing what is happening to its members. This it can only do when the opinions of its members are freely offered and fully guide the activities of those who rule. This only occurs when those who rule are freely chosen by those who are to be governed by them. If, therefore, the object of social organization is response to human demands, that system which organizes the widest basis of consent to the rules made seems the most satisfactory. But there must accompany the acceptance of this thesis the institutions which our experience of history suggests as necessary to its fulfilment. With the development of this argument and its implications, Professor Laski will conclude his series of talks.


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Prof. HAROLD J. LASKI : Social Purpose-VI, The Case for Democracy '

2LO London, 8 June 1928 19.25

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