Tag Archives: Representative Democracy

The Extinction-Level Event

Sometimes it’s best to get down to basics. The whole idea of this place was that kings and tyrants of any sort made no sense. People can govern themselves, and should. We needed no king. We’d vote on what should … Continue reading

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No One Expected Thugs

There’s that letter that John Adams wrote to John Taylor in 1814 – “There never was a Democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.” What? What about what he had helped create? He didn’t see that as a democracy. Nobody … Continue reading

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Proposing the Alternative to Constitutional Democracy

When the president takes that oath of office, when members of Congress take their oaths of office, they swear to defend the Constitution. The oath isn’t about any particular public policy position – treating the poor or unlucky a certain … Continue reading

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No One to Trust

All politics is a matter of trust. Only policy wonks and political junkies follow the big issues – normal folks don’t have time to look into the situation with Syria, in relation to Iran and Russia and possible disruption of … Continue reading

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On the Outside Looking In

One of the necessary conditions for a democracy to work is a critical mass of policy wonks and political junkies – you need an informed public who understand what the issues are, and, structurally, how power is amassed and wielded, … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Representative Democracy

It’s sometimes hard to follow the logic, but the nation is full of angry people, so that’s to be expected. There’s this – CNN’s Erick Erickson Suggests “Mass Bloodshed” May Be Necessary If Roe Isn’t Overturned – yes, mass bloodshed will be … Continue reading

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