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A Disquisition on Government
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As Lee Cheek notes, "In articulating the inherited understanding of properly constituted popular rule for his political situation, Calhoun may be called the last of the Founders." Undoubtedly, if we are to ever initiate a meaningful renaissance of federalism and implement needed constitutional reforms within the United States, such a move necessitates the revival of the statesmanship of John Calhoun. So, Dr. Cheek's books are a good place to start.
In the years ahead, as political science advances, and the judgment of history takes hold against the American slip into consolidation, Calhoun will likely receive a renewed hearing. H.L. Cheek, Jr. is to be commended for his scholarship on Calhoun's ideas. Invigorating the body politic entails the rediscovery and subsequent application of Calhoun's statesmanship. Apart from Calhoun's own books, Cheek's scholarship is definitive on the subject.
I highly recommend reading this book in tandem with _Calhoun and Popular Rule: The Political Theory of the Disquisition and Discourse_ by H.L. Cheek, Jr. as well. It is one of the most erudite and illuminating books on the mind of one John C. Calhoun. You can also find his online article, "Calhoun, Sectional Conflict, and Modern America," through the Journal of Libertarian Studies, which is affiliated with the Mises Institute.
This essay is a very concise treatment of why American politics will always resolve to the two party system and why another check on Federal power is needed -- what Calhoun terms the "concurrent majority". I consider it essential in understanding the weakness in the checks and balances system and how Consitutional government has devolved over time to popular democracy.
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Simply a great historical work, and answers questions of how we got into the mess we find ourselves in today.Published 5 months ago by Marcanthony Salvatini
I recommend this to anyone who wants an intelligent assessment of how a government should work. It blows this present travesty away.Published on March 20, 2013 by Denise J. Murray