A thought-starter for your Fourth of July festivities — The the post-WWII global order collapses around us, but America seems unable to see this — let alone adapt to it. This post discusses one of the most important consequences, the slow death of the Constitution. It has been revised several times since publication in 2006. This is the most important of the 3700 posts on the FM website. Other chapters in this series appear at the end.
“The first question that offers itself is, whether the general form and aspect of the government be strictly republican. It is evident that no other form would be reconcilable with the genius of the people of America; with the fundamental principles of the Revolution; or with that honorable determination which animates every votary of freedom, to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.”
— Federalist Paper #39, James Madison (writing as…
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