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Single Idea 19980

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 6. Government / a. Government]

Full Idea

Government is like everything else in this world: if it is to be preserved, it must first be loved.

Gist of Idea

If a government is to be preserved, it must first be loved


Baron de Montesquieu (The Spirit of the Laws (rev. 1757) [1748], 04.05)

Book Reference

Montesquieu,Baron de: 'Selected Political Writings', ed/tr. Richter,Melvin [Hackett 1990], p.139

A Reaction

Nice one! Right now there seems to be a declining love for representative democracy, even though almost everyone endorses it.