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Disraeli on politics

The Whig party has ever been odious to the English people. The Whigs are an anti-national party. In order to accomplish their object of establishing an oligarchical republic, and of concentrating the government of the state in the hands of a few great families, the Whigs are compelled to declare war against all those great national institutions, the power and influence of which, present obstacles to the fulfilment of their purpose. It is these institutions which make us a nation. Without our Crown, our Church, our Universities, our great municipal and commercial Corporations [and] our Magistracy. . . the inhabitants of England, instead of being a nation, would present only a mass of individuals. . . The Tory party in the country is the national party; it is the really democratic party of England

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The basis of English society is Equality. But here let us distinguish: there are two kinds of equality; there is the equality that levels and destroys, and the equality that elevates and creates... Thus the meanest subject of our King is born to great and important privileges; an Englishman, however humble may be his birth, whether he be doomed to the plough or destined to the loom, is born to the noblest of all inheritances; ... he is born to freedom, he is born to justice, and he is born to property. There is no station to which he may not aspire; there is no master whom he is obliged to serve; there is no magistrate who dares imprison him against the law... Thus the English in politics are as the old Hebrews in religion, ‘a favoured and peculiar people’...

From Vindication of the English Constitution in a Letter to a Noble and Learned Lord (London, 1835).

In some of his early writings, Disraeli called himself ‘Disraeli the Younger’ to distinguish himself from his father Isaac D’Israeli, (1766-1848), a writer best-known for his Curiosities of Literature.


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