Democracy or Republic?: The People and the Constitution Jay Cost

Democracy or Republic?: The People and the Constitution

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Book Title
Democracy or Republic?: The People and the Constitution
Author
Jay Cost
ISBN
9780844750514
In recent years, the Constitution has become asource of political controversy between conservatives and progressives. Whilethe right defends our founding document, the left argues that it's anantiquated plan of government that goes against basic principles of democraticsovereignty.What's missing from this debate is anappreciation for the Constitution's purpose. What kind of government were thefounders trying to achieve?In his new book, Democracy or Republic? ThePeople and the Constitution, Jay Cost provides insight into that question.He argues that the founders' vision was for a republic, not a democracy.In both types of government, the citizens havethe power to rule, but republics go further than this. A republic, as AbrahamLincoln put it, is a government "of the people, by the people, for the people."But in a simple democracy, the majority can rule for the good of themselves, rather than the whole community. How do you place the people in charge withoutcreating a democratic tyranny? By the time of the American Revolution, nobodyin the history of the world had yet answered this question.But America's Founding Fathers did just that, and the Constitution reflects their ingenious solution--the idea of consensus.They created a government that would take action not because a narrow andfleeting majority demands it, but because a large, broad, and consideredcoalition of the people has found common cause with one another. This reflectsthe true opinion of the people, not just a faction that is temporarily inpower. That is how government of the people becomes government for the people.America, then, is not merely a democracy. It issomething greater. It is a republic, built on the ideal of consensus. And whileour country today has many problems, consensus remains the best way to solvethem. Far from being a liability for the United States, the Constitution isstill its greatest asset.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Jay CostPublisher: AEI PressPublished: 10/03/2023ISBN: 9780844750514Pages: 175Weight: 0.90lbsSize: 9.20h x 6.20w x 0.80d
In recent years, the Constitution has become a
source of political controversy between conservatives and progressives. While
the right defends our founding document, the left argues that it's an
antiquated plan of government that goes against basic principles of democratic
sovereignty.

What's missing from this debate is an
appreciation for the Constitution's purpose. What kind of government were the
founders trying to achieve?

In his new book, Democracy or Republic? The
People and the Constitution
, Jay Cost provides insight into that question.
He argues that the founders' vision was for a republic, not a democracy.

In both types of government, the citizens have
the power to rule, but republics go further than this. A republic, as Abraham
Lincoln put it, is a government "of the people, by the people, for the people."
But in a simple democracy, the majority can rule for the good of themselves,
rather than the whole community. How do you place the people in charge without
creating a democratic tyranny? By the time of the American Revolution, nobody
in the history of the world had yet answered this question.

But America's Founding Fathers did just that,
and the Constitution reflects their ingenious solution--the idea of consensus.
They created a government that would take action not because a narrow and
fleeting majority demands it, but because a large, broad, and considered
coalition of the people has found common cause with one another. This reflects
the true opinion of the people, not just a faction that is temporarily in
power. That is how government of the people becomes government for the people.

America, then, is not merely a democracy. It is
something greater. It is a republic, built on the ideal of consensus. And while
our country today has many problems, consensus remains the best way to solve
them. Far from being a liability for the United States, the Constitution is
still its greatest asset.


Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Jay Cost
Publisher: AEI Press
Published: 10/03/2023
ISBN: 9780844750514
Pages: 175
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.20w x 0.80d
In recent years, the Constitution has become a
source of political controversy between conservatives and progressives. While
the right defends our founding document, the left argues that it's an
antiquated plan of government that goes against basic principles of democratic
sovereignty.

What's missing from this debate is an
appreciation for the Constitution's purpose. What kind of government were the
founders trying to achieve?

In his new book, Democracy or Republic? The
People and the Constitution
, Jay Cost provides insight into that question.
He argues that the founders' vision was for a republic, not a democracy.

In both types of government, the citizens have
the power to rule, but republics go further than this. A republic, as Abraham
Lincoln put it, is a government "of the people, by the people, for the people."
But in a simple democracy, the majority can rule for the good of themselves,
rather than the whole community. How do you place the people in charge without
creating a democratic tyranny? By the time of the American Revolution, nobody
in the history of the world had yet answered this question.

But America's Founding Fathers did just that,
and the Constitution reflects their ingenious solution--the idea of consensus.
They created a government that would take action not because a narrow and
fleeting majority demands it, but because a large, broad, and considered
coalition of the people has found common cause with one another. This reflects
the true opinion of the people, not just a faction that is temporarily in
power. That is how government of the people becomes government for the people.

America, then, is not merely a democracy. It is
something greater. It is a republic, built on the ideal of consensus. And while
our country today has many problems, consensus remains the best way to solve
them. Far from being a liability for the United States, the Constitution is
still its greatest asset.


Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Jay Cost
Publisher: AEI Press
Published: 10/03/2023
ISBN: 9780844750514
Pages: 175
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.20w x 0.80d