The Audacity of the Unwashed Masses: Part 2. Common vs National Interests
Wed Aug 06, 2008 at 09:35
Are there common dreams, common hopes, or common causes? Like the common cold are common interests to be avoided? Our Founders struggled mightily with these questions and decided to err on the side of keeping democracy at bay; not eliminate it, but keep it sedated and safely tethered to the porch rail.
Sheldon J. Wolin explores what our Founders hoped for and what they feared in his new book, "Democracy, Inc: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Totalitarianism". This is a rich book that is impossible to skip even one sentence. So I've been writing about it a little at a time.
In Chapter 11 "Antecedents and Precedents", he wonders how we Americans got to the point where we allowed a coup to take place in the election of 2000.