Yet his eventual importance to mankind was perhaps lessened by his large and complacent ignorance of all architecture save the types of houses turned out by speculative builders; all landscape gardening save the use of curving roads, grass, and six ordinary shrubs; and all the commonest axioms of economics.
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We prove with axioms. We do not prove axioms, so we have to agree on a place to start.
It is an axiom of governance that power, once acquired, is seldom freely relinquished.