particular; and this form may be as oppressive as any other; and whenever it is so, the condition of the down-trodden minority is far more hopeless than is that of the oppressed majority under some other form of government.
Still, in certain conditions of the people, it is a much more secure form of government.
The sovereigns of a state should always be socially equal, and, at the same time, honest as well as intelligent.
Such rulers will not be oppressors.
If the sovereigns of a democracy are intelligent, for the reason that but few participate directly and personally in the administration of government and the spoils of office they have but few inducements to corruption, and are more likely to be honest.
The mass of the people, though often wrong in opinion, are always right in sentiment — they mean to do right, and they desire to do right.
If they do err in a given case, they may usually be set right, for they have no motive to stay wrong.
Hence, we think that when the condition of intelligence is fulfilled in the case of those occupying a social footing, we may expect a wiser and purer government; whilst the extent to which they may participate in the affairs of government, giving it a firmer hold upon their affections, cannot fail to make it a more secure government.
It is widely different in the case of a government concentrated in the hands of