Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics by Bruce Miroff

By Bruce Miroff

Designed to accompany any American executive textual content, this attractive reader includes a debate-style layout that incorporates readings consistent with chapter--each representing opposing viewpoints. the original structure and present content material supply this ebook a different virtue over different readers. The 7th variation comprises up to date bankruptcy introductions and new debates on concerns resembling company spending in elections, same-sex marriage, and damaging campaigning for a clean examine the hot-button matters in sleek American executive

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Roosevelt’s speech to Congress on “An Economic Bill of Rights,” in Documents of American History, ed. Henry Steele Commager (New York: Appleton-CenturyCrofts, 1963), vol. 2, pp. 483–85. 17. One of the best statements of a process orientation toward equality is Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia (New York: Basic Books, 1974). 18. ; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979), p. 217. 19. Charles Lindblom, Politics and Markets: The World’s Political-Economic Systems (New York: Basic Books, 1977), p.

Anti-Federalist fears that the Constitution would create an oppressive government, fatal to republican liberty, strike us today as grossly exaggerated. Yet in at least one respect these fears were fortunate—they helped produce the Bill of Rights. Initially, Federalists such as Madison and his collaborator on The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, claimed that a national bill of rights was both unnecessary and undesirable. By establishing a national government that possessed only enumerated, limited powers, they insisted, the Constitution had not granted any authority to invade the liberties and rights of the people; but if a list of particular rights was nonetheless appended to the Constitution, it might imply that the government could invade rights that had not been listed.

2 In the extent and proper structure of the Union, therefore, we behold a republican remedy for the diseases most incident to republican government. And according to the degree of pleasure and pride we feel in being republicans ought to be our zeal in cherishing the spirit and supporting the character of federalists. PUBLIUS 2. The examples of factional objectives (for example, paper money’s benefiting debtors at the expense of creditors) that Madison cites are drawn from the economic conflicts that pervaded the states in the 1780s.

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