Jay Cost's A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American PDF

By Jay Cost

ISBN-10: 1594037272

ISBN-13: 9781594037276

ISBN-10: 1594039674

ISBN-13: 9781594039676

After the Constitutional conference, Benjamin Franklin used to be requested, “Well, health care professional, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” Franklin’s reaction: “A Republic—if you could hold it.”

This publication argues: we couldn’t preserve it.

A actual republic privileges the typical curiosity above the certain pursuits. to do that, our structure verified an complex approach of tests and balances that separates strength one of the branches of presidency, and locations them in clash with each other. The Framers believed that this could maintain greedy, covetous factions from buying sufficient energy to dominate govt. as an alternative, simply the folk may rule.

Proper institutional layout is key to the program. each one department needs to deal with responsibly the powers it really is granted, in addition to rebuke the opposite branches after they cross off track. this can be the place next generations have run into hassle: now we have overloaded our executive with extra strength than it may possibly deal with. The Constitution's assessments and balances have damaged down as the associations created in 1787 can't workout responsibly the powers of our sprawling, huge twenty-first century government.

The result's the triumph of precise pursuits over the typical curiosity. James Madison known as this factionalism. we all know it as political corruption.

Corruption at the present time is so frequent that our executive isn't quite a bit a republic, yet fairly a distinct curiosity democracy. everyone may possibly take part, definite, however the contours of public coverage rely no longer lots at the universal sturdy, yet particularly the push-and-pull of some of the curiosity teams encamped in Washington, DC.

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