Declarations of Independence

“Declarations of Independence,” New Political Science 7 (Summer 1986): pp. 7-15.


“It is better you know right away: I am not going to keep my promise. I beg your pardon, but it will be impossible for me to speak to you this afternoon, even in an indirect style, about what I was engaged to deal with. Very sincerely, I would have liked to be able to do it. But as I’d rather not simply remain silent about what I should have spoken about to you, I will say a word about it in the form of an excuse. I will speak to you, then, a little, about what I won’t speak about, and about what I would have wanted – because I ought – to have spoken about.”

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