Constitutional Collapse: The Faulty Founding

Constitutional Collapse: The Faulty Founding A PEGS Journal VOL. 18 NO. 1 THE GOOD SOCIETY Committee on the Political Economy of the Good Society "The art of governing well has to be learned." -- Walter Lippmann Stephen L. Elkin Beneath the present economic-financial crisis is a deeper one that is the source of at least some of the disaster--a constitutional failure. I will get to this financial-economic crisis towards the end of my discussion because I must first consider our constitutional order. However, since I don't want all of you to race to the exits in order to immediately cash in your constitutional bonds--although by their nature these bonds are invisible--I will say now that we haven't arrived at constitutional collapse. But, what I will call our working constitution is in sad need of repair, and some of the fault lines have become startlingly apparent in these last months.1 You will notice that I have used the word "constitute" as a verb--as in "to constitute a people." It is Madison as a constitutional thinker that is my concern: his thoughts on how to create and maintain the political institutions and political practices that have helped us to become a self-governing people. Madison's understanding http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Constitutional Collapse: The Faulty Founding

The Good Society, Volume 18 (1) – Aug 21, 2009

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A PEGS Journal VOL. 18 NO. 1 THE GOOD SOCIETY Committee on the Political Economy of the Good Society "The art of governing well has to be learned." -- Walter Lippmann Stephen L. Elkin Beneath the present economic-financial crisis is a deeper one that is the source of at least some of the disaster--a constitutional failure. I will get to this financial-economic crisis towards the end of my discussion because I must first consider our constitutional order. However, since I don't want all of you to race to the exits in order to immediately cash in your constitutional bonds--although by their nature these bonds are invisible--I will say now that we haven't arrived at constitutional collapse. But, what I will call our working constitution is in sad need of repair, and some of the fault lines have become startlingly apparent in these last months.1 You will notice that I have used the word "constitute" as a verb--as in "to constitute a people." It is Madison as a constitutional thinker that is my concern: his thoughts on how to create and maintain the political institutions and political practices that have helped us to become a self-governing people. Madison's understanding

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Published: Aug 21, 2009

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