Showing posts with label representation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label representation. Show all posts

Sheldon Richman: This Is Where The State Leads

Who does the system serve, you ask? Government is more than a territorial monopoly on aggressive force. It's also the heir to a centuries-old manufactured mystique, reinforced through its schools and other institutions, regarding its sanctity and sacrosanctity. The mystique is generated by and tends to manifest itself in the dogma that   ... MORE

American Gov't Has Lost The Consent Of The Governed

by Pat Caddell.  Fox News analyst and one of the country’s top pollsters, Pat Caddell, says there is “no doubt” that government has lost the consent of the governed in America today, pointing out that 90 percent say Washington “doesn’t work for the people,” but now works for its own interests instead. “Look at what’s happening there,” Caddell   ... MORE

Sheldon Richman: Representative Government Is A Fiction

If we really live under a representative government, how can a president take the country to war in Syria without even a show vote in Congress?   "The success of government...," the late historian Edmund Morgan wrote, "requires the acceptance of fictions, requires the willing suspension of disbelief, requires us to believe that the emperor   ... MORE

How Presidential Debates Have Rigged The Election

by Alexandra Shapiro.  Suppose Congress passed a law that said only Democrats and Republicans can ever be president of the United States. You don’t need to be a lawyer to know this would be unconstitutional — and completely antithetical to what a democracy is supposed to be about. In our form of government, people get to choose their leaders.    ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Historical Ignorance

Principals have always held the right to fire agents.      The victors of war write its history in order to cast themselves in the most favorable light. That explains the considerable historical ignorance about our war of 1861 and panic over the Confederate flag. To create better understanding, we have to start a bit before the 1787        ... MORE

Incumbents Should Be Tossed To The Curb, But Won't Be

by David Harsanyi.       90% will be re-elected. Even in the most catastrophic year for congressional incumbents, 90 percent of them will win re-election—and most of them will do so rather easily. Many of them, in fact, won't even have to run a campaign. This fact might be somewhat obscured lately, what with all the talk of the impending        ... MORE

EPA Overrides Congress, Gives Town To Indian Tribes

by Michael Bastasch. Have you heard the story of the residents of Riverton, Wyo.? One day they were Wyomingans, the next they were members of the Wind River tribes — after the Environmental Protection Agency declared the town part of the Wind River Indian Reservation, undoing a 1905 law passed by Congress and angering state      ... MORE

Stanley Kurtz: California's Dangerous Proposition 31

The revolution will not be publicized.    We are two months away from fundamentally transforming the State of California, and barely anyone knows it. With a five to six point lead in the latest poll, Proposition 31 has a solid shot at passage. The measure is meant to bail out California’s failing cities by creating regional super-governments empowered to raid ... MORE