Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, March 28, 1901
In other words, it would be better to educate the people how to carry on a republican form of government than to deprive them of the republican form of government and impose upon them an olegarchy or autocracy.
Good gracious, how I have run on, and I have not touched your property qualifications at all. Well, let me see if I can keep a geed resolution and merely refer to them and not expand.
I must say I don't quite
You limit the voters to persons having a certain amount of education and a certain amount of property earned by themselves — (not inherited or acquired from others).
The greater portion of the wealth of the country consists of property inherited or acquired from others — very little of it belongs to the people who originally created it. In many cases the originators are dead and have been obliged to leave their property behind them. Someone has to take charge of it. I don't suppose that you have arrived at that stage of socialism that you would recommend the government — as representing the people as a whole — to seize the property of deceased citizens and only allow persons to own that wealth which they have themselves created. If you are not prepared to advance to this position you must