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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, general practitioner, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” Franklin’s reaction: “A Republic—if you could continue it.”

This publication argues: we couldn’t continue it.

A precise republic privileges the typical curiosity above the particular pursuits. to do that, our structure verified an complex approach of tests and balances that separates energy one of the branches of presidency, and locations them in clash with each other. The Framers believed that this might preserve greedy, covetous factions from buying adequate strength to dominate govt. in its place, basically the folks could rule.

Proper institutional layout is vital to the program. every one department needs to deal with responsibly the powers it's granted, in addition to rebuke the opposite branches once they move off target. this can be the place next generations have run into difficulty: we now have overloaded our govt with extra energy than it may well 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, gigantic twenty-first century government.

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

Corruption this present day is so frequent that our govt isn't really quite a bit a republic, yet particularly a distinct curiosity democracy. each person may perhaps take part, definite, however the contours of public coverage count no longer loads at the universal stable, yet quite the push-and-pull of a few of the curiosity teams encamped in Washington, DC.

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