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Chapter 13: the dream of the republic

A question has lately come up which lies behind all other matters involved in either the Venezuelan or the South African question, and upon which all sensible men and women should form an opinion. Is there, after all, any advantage in living in a republic; and is it not better, in truth, to dwell in a colony, whose final control rests in some government a few thousand miles off, so that the colony will be well taken care of? How our grandparents or great-grandparents answered this question we know. They fought a seven years war to get rid of being a colony. The question, however, is what we think of it now. And if an independent republic is better, does this apply in general, or only to people who speak English and are Protestants? Or, on the other hand, is it true of all people, at any rate of all Christian people, leaving others for the moment

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