W. F. Willoughby

At the time our political systems were taking shape attention was largely concentrated upon what may be termed the purely political problems of securing a form of government under which the popular will regarding the conduct of public affairs should find adequate expression; of reducing to a minimum the danger of the assumption by any officer or branch of the government of undue powers; and of the protection of the individual in the possession and exercise of what were believed to be his natural and inherent liberties and rights. From the activital standpoint, the idea dominant was that the sphere of government action should be kept as limited as possible. That our governments would ever assume the responsibilities now exercised by them was not conceived.


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