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XIV THE POPULAR INSTRUCTION MOST NECESSARY IN A DEMOCRACY There is an ancient book of political wisdom which awakens the wonder of those persons who turn its pages for the first time. More deeply still does it amaze those who study its chapters with patient care and penetrate its more profound meanings. So sharply outlined are its pictures of political situations in a democratic community, so fresh and strong are its comments upon the political methods of demagogues, so comprehensive is its grasp of all the known forms of government, and so practical is its treatment of those problems that arise from the attempt to secure the reality of good government under any plan of organization, that we find ourselves doubting if the author is not one of our contemporaries, who is portraying the actual politics of American commonwealths in the closing years of the nineteenth Christian century. This ancient book, I need hardly take the trouble to tell you, is a political treatise that is briefly and familiarly known as the " Politics " of Aristotle. The reason why this ancient treatise appeals to us as so intensely modern, is found in the circumstance that, in a measure, stages of social evolution are independent of chronology. As the interests and habits of childhood were much the same in Thebes or in Athens that they are in Boston or in Chicago; so in the lives of nations, the age of tutelage, during which the people look to their kings and priests for guidance, has had the same social and political character whether it has fallen within the period of ancient or within that of modern history. In like manner, in all that pertains to ambition and to character, the years of independent manhoodwerethe same before the conquest of the Western world by Germanic peoples that they have b...