The Aristocratic View of Statesmanship

Pearson, John G.
April 1955
New Republic;4/18/55, Vol. 132 Issue 16, p18
The article focuses on writer Walter Bagehot. Bagehot was not a cynical man nor was he a brutal writer. He was something far deeper and far subtler. He was an acute realist, and he was a very cautious, almost a timid person. Bagehot gave up the law in 1851, when he was twenty-five, and plunged into the realities of his father's banking business. He studied literature, and his economic studies involved a most breath-taking attempt to explain the precise function of the varying motives and organizations which produced the delicate and subtle complexities of modern society.


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