It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will. It is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves. But it is not the less necessary for this; for the people must have some complicated machinery or other, and hear its din, to satisfy that idea of government which they have. Governments show thus how successfully men can be imposed on, even impose on themselves, for their own advantage. It is excellent, we must all allow. Yet this government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way.
- Can I reorder it as "Yet this government never furthered any enterprise [of itself], but [furthered the enterprise] by the alacrity, with [the alacrity] it got out of its way"?
- What does "alacrity" mean here? and "by the alacrity"?