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Please tell me what the author, J. S. Mill, means with the blue phrase in the following sentence:

If every part of the business of society which required organized concert, or large and comprehensive views, were in the hands of the government, and if government offices were universally filled by the ablest men, all the enlarged culture and practised intelligence in the country, except the purely speculative, would be concentrated in a numerous bureaucracy, to whom alone the rest of the community would look for all things: the multitude for direction and dictation in all they had to do; the able and aspiring for personal advancement.

Thank you.

Cadzao
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I can't decypher this. I see that it was John Stuart Mill (known previously to me only as someone mentioned in Monty Python's Philosopher's Song), who wrote in the early to middle 1800s, so the style of writing then among "the learned" is quite different than it is today. I find it so overwrought as to almost impossible to read. I don't know what he means by "a numerous bureaucracy," let alone the "purely speculative practiced intelligence." Perhaps someone with a Ph.D. in philosophy can help us out.

Edited: Somehow I didn't see Nef's post. The part about "purely speculative" makes sense to me.
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I read this as follows:

IF IT WERE TO HAPPEN (WOULD HAPPEN) THAT
all knowledge important to the society would be concentrated in the government, AND if the government would only employ capable persons


THEN
all the culture taken in a wide sense/meaning as well as the practical intelligence would be concentrated in a large bureaucracy, which would be the only resource everyone would look up to/utilize for solutions in everything

[M. Hancu: not sure if this would be a very good thing, but perhaps this is something that J.S.M. wants to see prevented from happening, and criticizes in advance ...]


Numerous bureaucracy=a bureaucracy large in its numbers
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CadzaoPlease tell me what the author, J. S. Mill, means with the blue phrase in the following sentence:

If every part of the business of society which required organized concert, or large and comprehensive views, were in the hands of the government, and if government offices were universally filled by the ablest men, all the enlarged culture and practised intelligence in the country, except the purely speculative, would be concentrated in a numerous bureaucracy, to whom alone the rest of the community would look for all things: the multitude for direction and dictation in all they had to do; the able and aspiring for personal advancement.

Thank you.

Cadzao

I think Mill was saying that knowledge and culture would be concentrated in the governing group. He was thinking of government by a knowledgeable, accomplished, and cultured elite.

"except the purely speculative" - Maybe the idea is that some areas of philosophy, literature, religion, etc. should be outside of the government, would be better left to individuals.
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Thank you all so much.

Cadzao