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GREAT AMERICAN ISSUES

AMERICAN ISSUES

POLITICAL SOCIAL ECONOMIC

(A CONSTRUCTIVE STUDY)

BY

JOHN HAYS HAMMOND

AND

JEREMIAH W. JENKS

NEW YORK
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

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II.-WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD Do

Democracy versus Autocracy-Essentials to the ex-

pression of the Democratic Ideal-The proper func-

tion of Government–The criterion of Good Govern-
ment-

The limitations Government-Popular
fallacies as to the scope and power of Government-
Governmental action restrictive rather than con-
structive-Functions assigned to the Government by
Common Consent-Government ownership versus pri-
vate ownership of public utilities—The evils of Gov-
ernment Ownership-Its Political Consequences,
Freight rates on Government owned and on privately
owned railwaysPostal service a logical Government
monopoly, not always efficient–The proper basis for
determining the question of Government ownership-
Political ideals versus methods of administration-Dis-
content with the Government a normal characteristic
of Democracy-What the Government can do.'

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