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A Call for a return to Democratic-Republicanism,
This review is from: Restoration of the Republic: The Jeffersonian Ideal in 21st-Century America (Hardcover)
Gary Hart's "Restoration of the Republic" is a fantastic call
for the modern American Empire to return to it's democratic republican roots. By examining Thomas Jefferson's ward republics
and their classical republican ideal we see how they could work for modern America. Jefferson's wards would be the focus of government for the everyday citizen. Care of the poor, militia duty, jury selection, and public education would be just a few of the duties of these "little republics". Hart shows how Jefferson's wards could help restore civic participation by allowing the average citizen to be intimately involved with the basic duties of government that effect his or her life. This books is a clarion call to arms for a revival of the classical republican spirit where not only our rights but our duties are cherished. Overall a great read and a must buy.