would in the end defeat the legitimate object of government — the happiness of the people, If the government were based upon the principle of freedom alone, allowing every man the unrestricted liberty of self-control, the wildest anarchy would result: if to avoid this the opposite principle should be adopted, allowing no liberty of self-control, but subjecting all to control by the will of another, it would be found as impracticable as the other was disastrous, and, as far as successful, only appropriate to idiots and infants.
A good government is such a harmonious union of these opposing elements, as adapts it to the wants of the people.
For as, in chemistry, elements in opposite states of electricity unite and form valuable compounds, so in political science, antagonistic principles enter necessarily into the composition of government.
Tie character or kind of the government is defined by the ratios in which these elements enter into its formation.
If the principle of slavery enter very largely into the government, in a highly consolidated form, it is then an absolute monarchy or military despotism.
If the exercise of this supreme power is distributed among the heads of families, it assumes the patriarchal or domestic form.
If this principle enter in a less degree, but still in a much greater degree than the principle of self-control, some one of the