Thursday, August 9, 2018
These ills didn’t come about by accident; the subversion of democracy was the explicit intent of the Constitution’s framers. For James Madison, writing in Federalist No. 10, “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention” incompatible with the rights of property owners. The byzantine Constitution he helped create serves as the foundation for a system of government that rules over people, rather than an evolving tool for popular self-government.
Writers on the left such as Jacobin’s Seth Ackerman and the journalist Daniel Lazare have long argued that constitutional reform needs to be on the agenda. Even some liberals like Vox’s Matthew Yglesias rightly worry that the current system of governance is headed toward collapse.
Of course the Constitution wasn't entirely or mostly democratic. That's why we're a republic. Duh. If we were a democracy, we'd be well into our twentieth government and our Presidente would wear lots of big medals and one of those gigantic military hats like in South America or North Korea.