Essay - Introduction in His Work, 'Considerations on Representative Government,' John Stuart...


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INTRODUCTION

In his work, "Considerations on Representative Government," John Stuart Mills reconciles liberty with democracy in many ways. Throughout the ***** Mills explores the idea that liberty is in fact, truly realized only in a nation where a representative government is elected. A representative government can be defined in fact, as a democr*****tic government, one ***** is elected for ***** people by the people.

In his work John Mill defines ***** in many *****, ***** an attempt to identify the role of government in keeping order *****d maintaining progress in a democratic society, yet also in a manner that supports ***** cause ***** "liberty and justice for all." In Chapter one, Mills claims that "the first element of good government, being the virtue and intelligence ***** the human beings composing the community, the most important point of excellence which any from of ***** ***** possess is ***** promote the virtue and intelligence ***** the people **********." T***** statement reflects Mill's condoning of accepting the virtue and ***** ***** the people that make up a given community, ***** only in ***** community where intelligence is respected may liberty exist.

***** reconciles or brings together liberty and democracy by demonstrating how the two exist in and of themselves yet also together. A ***** government, for example, is in essence one that promotes the liberty of it's community members ***** people. Mills goes on to discuss the importance of political *****stitutions as mechanisms with which ***** foster in ***** ***** ***** community that have "desirable qualities, moral and intellectual". ***** government ***** fosters such desirable traits will operate in the ***** efficient manner.

SYNOPSIS

***** criterion ***** Mills uses to measure the efficacy of government is the degree to which it tends ***** increase ***** "sum of good qualities in the governed, collectively and individually". He continues in the first chapter of his work to expound upon the importance of the good nature and virtue of ***** men governing a nation, for a ***** *****nd government is only as good, according ***** Mills, as the ***** that run it. A democratic government, according to Mills, can only ensure ***** ***** of the people ***** represents if the ***** elected to *****fice are concerned about the well being of their countrymen. By nature, men that are virtuous and true will do so. Those that ***** not are quickly removed from office and pun*****hed by the very people who ***** them in m***** instances.

Liberty is representative of freedom. Freedom should be exemplified in a *****ciety that is *****, ***** of the voice of the people. The two terms are virtually ***** in ***** same, be***** a democr*****cy or representative govern*****t, acc*****d*****g to *****, must essentially ensure the liberty of people. A democracy promotes the rights of people to act out, to ***** ***** opinions and to elect their officials. A democracy ***** be comprised of virtuous and true people. John Mills main point throughout his work is that a government is ***** as good

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