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    Walter F. Cooling
Excerpt from book: is primarily a Consensus, for it has a piibUc character. But every consensus in which many share is not thereby a part of Public Policy. The politician, statesman, publicist and constitutional lawyer is obliged to take a sort of judicial notice of the totality of all necessary work and of the way in which these various sorts of groups engaged in necessary work are necessarily related to each other, and that primary physical necessity of relation must not be disturbed. So long as that is maintained lawmakers may indulge in considerable freedom, and society can tolerate easily many relatively trifling, although actually great abuses, which do not interfere with its serious business. Public Policy is, therefore, that Consensus of the groups functioning in the various sorts of Useful Work which is consistent with their functional relationships to each other,—a Consensus which is maintained by those who give to this matter their special attention and care, and by creating the Consensus command its obedience. By their labors a sort of a highway is constructed connecting one group with another and they are the "road-makers" and "bridge-builders" of the common ways by which ideas travel rapidly from one group to another, while ideas which do not come over these common routes must travel laboriously and with great hardship "across country." 3. Public Policy Is Concerned More With Service Than With Industry, And Shapes The Conventions Which Dominate In Society, In Instruction And In Literature.—This is because the work of Service is primarily more important than the work of Industry: Service produces Men, and can always mould and control them. Hence Public Policy is always primarily concerned about generally accepted theories of life, and often for purposes of its own manufactures and ma...   show more
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