A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American by Jay Cost

By Jay Cost

After the Constitutional conference, Benjamin Franklin was once requested, “Well, general practitioner, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” Franklin’s reaction: “A Republic—if you could hold it.”

This e-book argues: we couldn’t preserve it.

A actual republic privileges the typical curiosity above the designated pursuits. to do that, our structure demonstrated an tricky procedure of assessments and balances that separates strength one of the branches of presidency, and locations them in clash with each other. The Framers believed that this may retain greedy, covetous factions from buying adequate strength to dominate govt. in its place, merely the folks may rule.

Proper institutional layout is vital 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 target. this can be the place next generations have run into hassle: we now have overloaded our govt with extra strength than it could actually deal with. The Constitution's tests and balances have damaged down as the associations created in 1787 can't workout responsibly the powers of our sprawling, gigantic twenty-first century government.

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

Corruption this day is so common that our executive isn't loads a republic, yet particularly a different curiosity democracy. all people may possibly take part, convinced, however the contours of public coverage count now not a lot at the universal strong, yet really the push-and-pull of a few of the curiosity teams encamped in Washington, DC.

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