Bryan Wandel Hannah Arendt’s ideal political constitution was as follows: each town or small community elects representatives for local assemblies. Local assemblies elect representatives for regional assemblies. Regional assemblies elect representatives for a national assembly. Only this kind of polity could be authentically representative, and authentically legitimate. The original self-arranging, self-generating assemblies are the core, […]
By the age of five, Eric Hoffer could read English and German. At seven, he went blind. At fifteen, he regained his sight for the rest of his life. But the fifteen-year-old boy did not yet know it would be for the rest of his life. And so, for more than sixty years, Eric Hoffer […]
NOTE: I wrote this piece as part of a two-part piece discussing the merits of online registration. Since the benefits are more obvious and less controversial, I have reprinted here only the (much harder to make) argument against online registration. Many states have recently begun to implement measures to “modernize” various aspects of the voting […]
Everyone is getting their shot at a Philip Blond point right now: the Brooks column, Deneen and Rod the Bod after the Tocqueville Forum event last night, The Immanent Frame. So, as I frequently ask myself, why not me? In a moment of many voices, I will say but a few sentences. Blond identifies himself […]
Rod Dreher has posted several pieces on his blog lamenting the people who show up at townhalls wildly calling the Democrats Nazis. Jonah Goldberg wrote his column yesterday on the Democrats who have referred to upset citizens as “evilmongers” (Harry Reid) and “un-American” (Nancy Pelosi). Yet as foolish as the citizens are, Goldberg is right to place a higher degree of blame on those in government.