Giuseppe Mazzini on Divine Ideal in Republicanism

Giuseppe Mazzini on the Republican Spirit tied to the Common Good

“The Republic, as I at least understand it, means association, of which liberty is only an element, a necessary antecedent. It means, association, a new philosophy of life, a divine Ideal, that shall move the world, the only means of regeneration vouchsafed to the human race.” (Giuseppe Mazzini, Faith and the Future, written in French at Bienne, 1835; see ed. Bolton King, Essays by Mazzini, tr. Thomas Okey)

“…Republican government (that of a Republic) presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form.”

Silvestro Lega, Mazzini on Death-Bed, 1873.

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