A PEGS Journal VOL. 14 NO. 3 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 We have had a close call. An attempt has been underway to remake the working principles of the American political constitution. The effort has been centered in a wing of the Republican Party, and the result is an administration that is the most radical of the last 60 years and possibly more radical in its intentions than any in the 20th century. What is at stake in its actions and those of its brethren who control the Congress are not just policy matters -- disputes between liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, big government advocates and those who argue for a smaller national government -- but something more fundamental: the foundational features of our working constitution. More importantly, the administration and the coalition that gives it purpose and political energy is not only radical: those who control the Congress and parts of the executive branch are what James Madison, the most thoughtful American student of popular self-government, called a faction. We have, that is,
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Dec 6, 2005
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