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2481. Founding fathers.
“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands..”
That group, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Washington, Franklin - wanted a government that did not work because they were afraid the majority would interfere with their property rights. They were successful in creating a government that, with checks and balances, could hardly move. That might. have fit their time but does not fit ours where we need cooperation among the three branches of government, or its replacement, to get solutions at scale. “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary …”. The necessity is here but is there any possibility of restructuring governance? Local alone will not integrate into the necessary globe level approach. Global looks - looks - out of reach of our thinking - and implies one hierarchy. The people of the American colonies (except the natives and slaves , a qualification that undoes the whole story) were fairly united in benefitting from the break with the taxing powers of the English Crown.The situation now, with such competing perspectives is not such a time.
The opportunity (sic) to have something like a new constitutional convention is obvious emerging. "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary..” And it has. But we are so dominated by market equilibria models we can’t imagine a more forceful form of government.
A friend has been pressing me on the idea, in Greece and Rome. that the form of government should fit the meeds of the time and the shift from democracy to tyranny to monarchy and back to democracy should be chosen by the people to fit the time. What can we do?