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    a majority of the men composing it should be statesmen and thinkers

    Does "it" refer to "the people"?


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    In a society like ours, where every man may transmute his private thought into history and destiny by dropping it into the ballot-box, a peculiar responsibility rests upon the individual For, though during its term of office the government be practically as independent of the popular will as that of Russia, yet every fourth year the people are called upon to pronounce upon the conduct of their affairs. Theoretically, at least, to give democracy any standing-ground for an argument with despotism or oligarchy, a majority of the men composing it should be statesmen and thinkers.

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    Re: a majority of the men composing it should be statesmen and thinkers

    It's a bit convoluted but I think it's supposed to refer back to "democracy".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a majority of the men composing it should be statesmen and thinkers

    I wonder whether "for an argument with despotism or oligarchy" should be "for an argument against despotism or oligarchy"?

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