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the right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge

a person or group having the right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge

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a person with a high degree of knowledge or skill in a particular field

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an administrative unit of government

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official permission or approval

an authoritative written work

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It is to be the assent and ratification of the several States, derived from the supreme authority in each State, the authority of the people themselves.
It must result from the UNANIMOUS assent of the several States that are parties to it, differing no otherwise from their ordinary assent than in its being expressed, not by the legislative authority, but by that of the people themselves.
The idea of a national government involves in it, not only an authority over the individual citizens, but an indefinite supremacy over all persons and things, so far as they are objects of lawful government.
If we try the Constitution by its last relation to the authority by which amendments are to be made, we find it neither wholly NATIONAL nor wholly FEDERAL.
And it is to be noted that it is the fact that Art is this intense form of Individualism that makes the public try to exercise over it in an authority that is as immoral as it is ridiculous, and as corrupting as it is contemptible.
In the case of the novel and the drama, arts in which the public do take an interest, the result of the exercise of popular authority has been absolutely ridiculous.
It comes from the natural inability of a community corrupted by authority to understand or appreciate Individualism.
And when these four are joined together they make a terrible force, and constitute the new authority.
Fortunately in America Journalism has carried its authority to the grossest and most brutal extreme.
The thing that stops them, it must be said again, is their desire to exercise authority over the artist and over works of art.
If a man approaches a work of art with any desire to exercise authority over it and the artist, he approaches it in such a spirit that he cannot receive any artistic impression from it at all.
The moment he seeks to exercise authority he becomes the avowed enemy of Art and of himself.
Popular authority and the recognition of popular authority are fatal.
There was a time when we were told that breaches, by the States, of the regulations of the federal authority were not to be expected; that a sense of common interest would preside over the conduct of the respective members, and would beget a full compliance with all the constitutional requisitions of the Union.
This simple proposition will teach us how little reason there is to expect, that the persons intrusted with the administration of the affairs of the particular members of a confederacy will at all times be ready, with perfect good-humor, and an unbiased regard to the public weal, to execute the resolutions or decrees of the general authority.
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