To prove this point, I would like to quote from a famous French lawyer and Enlightener of the 18th century, Charles [pauses to study French] Montes-quieu:
When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner.— The Spirit of the Laws, 1748
Whew! He did it! What a relief for Montesquieu fans. Another exercise or two, and the legendary “Anna Akhmetova” may become a distant memory.
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