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On Democratic Republics and Meritocratic Oligarchies

There’s a saying in American political debate that is as popular as it is wrong, which happens when one side appeals to our country’s democratic ideal, and the other side will immediately counter with “The United States is a Republic, not … Continue reading

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The Devil You Know

(Another school assignment, reposted here.) In 2010, the US Congress approval rating hit an abysmal 13% among the general public, according to a Gallup poll released in December. With voters holding such a low opinion of their national legislators, one … Continue reading

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Thoughts on balance

As we start getting into the political season (aka, a full year before the next election), it’s important to remember, in the course of our various political debates, that while all arguments have two sides, they are not always equal, … Continue reading

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What the Founding Fathers intended

One of our favorite appeals to authority in the US, when discussing politics, is to invoke the image of mythical figures from 1787 making grand speeches that support our current views on any given policy in 2011.  I use the … Continue reading

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