Theory and Practice in Politics: The Godkin Lectures, 1939

Theory and Practice in Politics: The Godkin Lectures, 1939

Theory and Practice in Politics: The Godkin Lectures, 1939

Theory and Practice in Politics: The Godkin Lectures, 1939

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I assume that the purpose of the Godkin Lectures is to call back from time to time to one of our fountainheads of knowledge those who battle in the market places for truth and light. These principles are not vindicated without fighting. They do not prevail through the prayers of just men alone. They must be upheld at the front, at home and abroad, against inertia, brutality, cunning, paganism, falsehood and the other forces of darkness. Politics, after all, is a branch of biology, and there is nothing in biology to show that human life is other than a struggle.

The distinguished editor whose name is perpetuated in these lectures occupied a unique position between the academic and the practical world, and did much in his day to bridge the gap between them. He knew that the teacher and the student are somewhat handicapped by lack of contact with the rough and tumble of public life, and that the public administrator or politician, if this word is used in the generic . . .

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