Democracy Versus Republic, Take Two


By Jonathan Bernstein – In France and England, different branches of government, or different chambers of the legislature, represented different estates: the people, but also the aristocracy, or the crown, or the church.

But the U.S. government presented a real challenge: what, exactly, was being balanced?

In the U.S., there would be only the people.

In the brand new polity, all that was needed, perhaps, was the people’s branch; even with a more prominent role for the states, the fact that authority ultimately rested in the people made any other body seem superfluous.

Yet the Articles of Confederation, with only that branch, weren’t working properly. What to do? more> http://tinyurl.com/lj6tlrf

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