Exposition and Authority

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    IT is somewhat strange that during General Smuts's recent visit to Great Britain so little attention has been directed to his constructive Sidgwick Lecture on “Democracy” at Newnham College, Cambridge, two years ago, almost every word of which has been underlined by current events. “Statesmen are not enough. … We want to-day the scientific spirit in human affairs.” “It ought to be recognised that the scientific political expert is a necessary institution in national government. Great party disputes which threaten the tranquillity of the progress of the State should be remitted to a body of experts, where personal character and reputation confer exceptional authority on them, and whose recommendations should be available as a guide for public opinion and the Government.”

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    Exposition and Authority. Nature 129, 145–147 (1932) doi:10.1038/129145a0

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