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Single Idea 19992

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 9. Population / a. State population]

Full Idea

In a large republic, there are large fortunes, and therefore but little moderation in the minds of men. its resources are too considerable to be entrusted to a citizen.

Gist of Idea

In a large republic there is too much wealth for individuals to manage it

Source

Baron de Montesquieu (The Spirit of the Laws (rev. 1757) [1748], 08.16)

Book Reference

Montesquieu,Baron de: 'Selected Political Writings', ed/tr. Richter,Melvin [Hackett 1990], p.170