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Old 10-02-2018, 09:09 AM
Giant Nontypical
Join Date: Jul 2004
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We are uneducated children. Or at least some of us are.

One cannot undertake any serious study of political philosophy without bumping into the idea of a mixed government: a government that mixes elements of monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy. Read Aristotle's "Politics." Read Plutarch's "Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans," specifically the life of Lycurgus, the lawgiver of Sparta. Read Machiavelli's "Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livy." Of course, not only do these writers disclose the idea of mixed government, they clearly and thoughtfully explain why such mixed governments are BETTER than any of a pure monarchy or a pure aristocracy or a pure democracy. Our founding fathers were educated men, and they read these writers. Hamilton said "One cannot do better, when founding a government, than to have Holy Writ in one hand and Plutarch in the other." If you want to understand the thought processes that went into drafting the US constitution, read "The Federalist Papers."

Children, these "features" of our government were put into our constitution for a reason. Our founders actually composed this government after long and deep study and reflection. No where has radical democracy made a good reputation for itself. Read a little beyond comic books and books written in the last 20 years and you will learn why. And don't forget: "Men with their lack of prudence initiate novelties and, finding the first taste good, do not notice the poison within." The Prince, Chapter 13, Niccolo Machiavelli. Let's not go tampering around with our constitution thinking we are ever so much more clever than the founders. There is precious little evidence for that supposition.
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