published in Jacobin
Ackerman suggests the government that much of the populace perceives as being dysfunctional is actually working much more like the founders imagined than we may think. He argues that the aristocratic intentions of James Madison and other Framers of the constitution curbed popular power coming out of the Revolution by founding a bicameral legislature and an executive veto. He suggests that the American experiment may have turned into a recipe for state failure.
1175 days ago