My point at present is, that politically and socially the United States
are a community living in a natural condition, and conscious of living in a natural condition.
And being in this healthy case, and having this healthy consciousness, the community there uses its understanding with the soundness of health; it in general sees its political and social concerns straight, and sees them clear.
So that when Sir Henry Maine
and M. Scherer
tells us that democracy is “merely a form of government,” we may observe to them that it is in the United States
a form of government in which the community feels itself in a natural condition and at ease; in which, consequently, it sees things straight and sees them clear.
More than half one's interest in watching the English
people of the United States
comes, of course, from the bearing of what one finds there upon things at home, amongst us English people ourselves in these islands.
I have frankly recorded what struck me and came as most new to me in the condition of the English
race in the United States
, I had said beforehand, indeed, that I supposed the American Philistine
was a livelier sort of Philistine than ours, because he had not that pressure of the Barbarians to stunt and distort him which befalls