“Can the Subaltern Be Heard?”: Political Theory, by J. Maggio

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Pole (1966), pp. 411-412. Justified this way, the Septennial Act was approved by the Parliament a short time after the war against France ended. The Act joined other measures adopted by Parliament as means for increasing its own powers. Among these measures, the most interesting were the augmentation of the property requirements needed for political rights and a ratification of the Congressional right to have secret debates. 51 See Panagopoulos (1985), pp. 192-193. 52 See, for example, Paine (1989), p.

S. 23 properly express, defend, and carry out their interests. 3 We may properly affIrm that this claim was "radical" given that, in its very foundations, the idea appeared that all those who could be potentially affected by certain particular political decisions had to be actually consulted before the adoption and enforcement of these decisions. It is important to note, in addition, that from the beginning of the Revolution, most political leaders had encouraged and supported popular participation in politics.

Animated by this fact, he immediately took part in the Middlesex elections and obtained an expected triumph, with a majority of 465 over his closest contender. Although normally insignificant, this Middlesex election became one of the most important events in eighteenth-century British history. Significant demonstrations of popular support followed the election and Wilkes appeared as the symbol of the people's will against an authoritarian government ("a patriot by accident," as he himself admitted).

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