All posts tagged: democracy

Values and Social Capitalism

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Over at Values & Capitalism this week I share thoughts on “social capital”—the idea that voluntary community associations increase social trust and cooperation, creating an environment suitable for democracy and capitalism. From this premise, we find that liberty and virtue share a reciprocal relationship, where they both depend on and enhance one another. Read the post here. 

Has the American experiment failed?

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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: The 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 […]

Forward >> “What Democracy is Not”

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Just read an excellent post from “Doctor Zero” at Definitely worth spending a few minutes on, but I do have a couple of points to critique: First, the current congress is not the first in the world to treat the constitution like toilet paper, and the Democrats certainly aren’t the only ones to blame. Second, the make up of our leaders reflects the attitudes of the public. Congress will change not by kicking out […]