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  • n. The general welfare of the people; the best interests of the community.
  • n. a good that is non-rivalrous and non-excludable


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  • Page 3 highest aspiration it is to reflect the smile of some notable; who speak loudly of the public good that they may have an opportunity of advancing selfish interests and pronounce the sacred name of patriotism with treason and cowardice concealed in their hearts, but these we would not remember nor would we grant that they have any claim to the high distinction of being called men.

    "The Sentiment of Honor," Commencement Address of William J. Headen, June 7, 1860

  • It must be for a good man — one who is justly esteemed “commune bonum,” a public good to mankind — one whose benignity is ready to exercise loving-kindness on all occasions, which is the estate of a good man; — peradventure some would even dare to die for such a man.


  • Philip de Commines says, "Now, in my opinion, among all the sovereignties I know in the world, that in which the public good is best attended to, and the least violence exercised on the people, is that of England."

    English Traits (1856)


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