The Frozen Republic

The Frozen Republic

How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy

Book - 1996
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Houghton
In this thought-provoking polemic, “an accomplished iconoclast” whose “knowledge of american history is as persuasive as his wit” (New York Times Book Review) blames america’s outmoded constitutional system of checks and balances for the political malaise and governmental gridlock of recent years. Index.


Baker & Taylor
Argues that our Founding Fathers' system of checks and balances created a government without direction or authority, and calls for the casting off of out-moded constitutional constraints

Harcourt Publishing
In this thought-provoking polemic, “an accomplished iconoclast” whose “knowledge of american history is as persuasive as his wit” (New York Times Book Review) blames america’s outmoded constitutional system of checks and balances for the political malaise and governmental gridlock of recent years. Index.


Blackwell North Amer
America is caught in a painful contradiction. On one hand its government is based on the revered words of the Founding Fathers, fifty-five men who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft a new constitution for a new republic. On the other hand its government is in crisis. Confidence is collapsing in everything from Congress and the presidency to the local courts. Yet rather than asking whether the Constitution is a factor in the breakdown, Americans blame their representatives in Washington, the press, or even themselves - everyone and anyone except the men who created the government in the first place.
In this bold new book Daniel Lazare argues that in fact the Founders have a great deal to answer for. Fearing that unhampered majority rule would lead to tyranny, they devised a system that would scatter power rather than concentrate it. The fear that indebted farmers would seize control of the new government, James Madison conceded, led the Constitutional Convention to create a system that was beyond anyone's grasp. Since then, the system has hobbled forward under its own steam.
The results are all around us. Government is bigger than ever, yet no more coherent than it was in the eighteenth century. Politics are incoherent as well, while passions are running amok and radical constitutionalists are turning to violence to achieve their goals. The real solution, Lazare contends, is for us to rethink government from top to bottom. Instead of looking over our shoulders at the Founders, Americans should cast off centuries-old constitutional constraints and begin applying modern solutions to modern problems in as unencumbered a fashion as possible.

Baker
& Taylor

Arguing that the Constitution has created an unresponsive, inefficient government, a political scientist explains how the checks and balances system has created political and social gridlock, resulting in a government controlled by special interests. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Harcort Brace & Company, 1996
ISBN: 9780151000852
0151000859
Branch Call Number: 342.7302 LAZ
Characteristics: 393p. ; 24cm

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