All posts tagged: constitution

The Constitution Still Matters

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Education / Political Philosophy / Society & Culture

Over at Values and Capitalism this week, I commemorate Constitution Day with a reminder of the importance of the Constitution, not only in American history, but as a teacher of political principles. “The center stage of contemporary political debates seems dominated by questions of economics and entitlements, as though government’s role is to simply decide which levers to pull and how far. Were Americans better educated in the history and philosophy of the U.S. Constitution, […]

Has the American experiment failed?

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Political Commentary / Political Philosophy / Society & Culture

Democracy sentenced Socrates to death, appointed Hitler to lead the German people to prosperity, and kept the human slave trade legal in the United States for 71 years after George Washington took office. The fact that people do stupid things that harm themselves should teach us an important lesson:┬áThe greatest threat to Democracy is Democracy itself. That’s a simple truth that our Founders understood, and tried to avoid. They created, instead, a Representative Republic. As […]