Letters, Apr. 28, 1941

Astride the Storm

Sirs:

Speaking of prophecies re Churchill [TIME, March 31], the following is from Prophets, Priests and Kings by A. G. Gardiner. It was published first in 1908.

"If we could conceive him [Winston Churchill] in a great upheaval, he would be seen emerging in the role of what Bagehot calls 'a Benthamite despot,' dismissing all feudal ideas and legitimist pretensions, sweeping aside all aristocracies, proclaiming the democratic doctrine of the 'greatest happiness of the greatest number' and seating himself astride the storm as the people's Caesar—at once dictator and democrat."...

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