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A Rebirth of "We the People"

A Rebirth of "We the People" Jim Rough A good system of governance needs to work for both individuals and society as a whole. In the eighteenth century, the old forms of governance headed by a king and hereditary aristocracy were not working to the benefit of most people, and a new system was needed. Through processes like the U.S. Constitutional Convention, state ratifying conventions, and the enactment of the Bill of Rights, "We the People" of the former colonies transformed their system. This transformation renewed politics, economics, and the social paradigm, creating a new version of the "Good Society." The limitations of this eighteenth century system are now becoming apparent in this very different world of the twentyfirst century. This article suggests how we might simply and safely revamp that old system to help us solve many of today's most pressing problems by creating a modern version of We the People. this context we tell ourselves that we "can't afford" to educate our children, or to sustain our environment, or maintain community infrastructures. We have allowed ownership of our media to be concentrated in so few hands that collectively we don't even know what's going on. We have made these decisions because of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

A Rebirth of "We the People"

The Good Society , Volume 13 (2) – Jun 1, 2004

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Jim Rough A good system of governance needs to work for both individuals and society as a whole. In the eighteenth century, the old forms of governance headed by a king and hereditary aristocracy were not working to the benefit of most people, and a new system was needed. Through processes like the U.S. Constitutional Convention, state ratifying conventions, and the enactment of the Bill of Rights, "We the People" of the former colonies transformed their system. This transformation renewed politics, economics, and the social paradigm, creating a new version of the "Good Society." The limitations of this eighteenth century system are now becoming apparent in this very different world of the twentyfirst century. This article suggests how we might simply and safely revamp that old system to help us solve many of today's most pressing problems by creating a modern version of We the People. this context we tell ourselves that we "can't afford" to educate our children, or to sustain our environment, or maintain community infrastructures. We have allowed ownership of our media to be concentrated in so few hands that collectively we don't even know what's going on. We have made these decisions because of

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2004

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