By Jay Cost

ISBN-10: 1594037272

ISBN-13: 9781594037276

ISBN-10: 1594039674

ISBN-13: 9781594039676

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 maintain it.”

This publication argues: we couldn’t hold it.

A actual republic privileges the typical curiosity above the unique pursuits. to do that, our structure tested an complex procedure 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 may preserve greedy, covetous factions from buying adequate energy to dominate executive. as a substitute, basically the folk may rule.

Proper institutional layout is key to the program. every one department needs to deal with responsibly the powers it really is granted, in addition to rebuke the opposite branches once they move off course. this can be the place next generations have run into hassle: we've overloaded our executive with extra energy than it will 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, mammoth twenty-first century government.

The result's the triumph of specified 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 common that our govt isn't really lots a republic, yet particularly a different curiosity democracy. all people may possibly take part, sure, however the contours of public coverage count now not rather a lot at the universal solid, yet particularly the push-and-pull of a few of the curiosity teams encamped in Washington, DC.

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