Signs of the Times

[Excerpts from "Modern Democracies," by James Bryce (Viscount Bryce)]

"Changes which it would have needed a century to effect may now come in three or four decades. Superstitions and all else that is rooted in religion hold out longest; but the habits of deference and obedience to earthly powers can crumble fast, and as they crumble self–reliance grows. Thus the capacity for self–government may be in our time more quickly acquired than the experience of the past would give ground for expecting."

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