September 1, 1789: Mirabeau on Royal Authority
In the best organized monarchy, the royal authority is always the subject of fears on the part of the best citizens; he whom the law places above everyone else easily becomes a rival to the law. Powerful enough to protect the constitution, he is often tempted to destroy it. The consistent progress that the authority of kings has everywhere made has only too clearly taught the necessity of keeping an eye on them. This distrust, salutary in itself, naturally leads us to want to contain such a fearful power. A secret fear estranges us in spite of ourselves from the means with which it is necessary to arm the supreme head of the nation in order that he may fulfill the functions that are assigned him.
KeywordsAnnual Return Executive Power Political Liberty Legislative Power Constituent Power
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