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Forum Post: Republicanism and the Constitutional Republic

Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 11, 2011, 12:05 a.m. EST by invient (360)
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Hello all,

Disclaimer: My political ideology can best be aligned with libertarian socialism.

I am writing this to share what I believe these terms to mean and pose some questions.

Republicanism : the ideology which protects the minority from the majority, while establishing a government through an electing body consisting of the people. Where in the powers of this government are held ultimately in the people.

Constitutional Republic : the same as a republic but wherein power is limited by a combination of strict adherence to a constitution and a series of check and balances between divisions of government ( typically judicial, legislative, executive).

http://thomas.loc.gov/home/histdox/fed_39.html This federalist paper defines a republic.

IMO what we have now and have had for a long time is no where near a republic. The same goes for state governments. I don't think going back to this is best idea because of the context of when it was written. The modern day idea of a corporation did not exist, the pollution is much worse now, and checks and balances are subverted by moneyed interests.

There is a way to amend the constitution to deal with these concerns. The amendment that grants congress power to deal with anything that effects interstate commerce is in my opinion leading to abuse of power.

That was fun to think through, I think I am a republicanism convert. I know this may sound odd but I think I can mold my libertarian socialism ideals witty republicanism. It is quite simply instead of putting democracy in the workplace I will instead put in a republic based system.



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