29 - August 29, 2007 Remedies to Diseases of Popular...

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August 29, 2007 Remedies to Diseases of Popular Government: THE FEDERALIST PAPERS Defenders were aware that there are many weaknesses to a democratic government. We have a divided government: the US is in crisis; political freefall Economic: we are near a major credit debacle – the uneven distribution of wealth: 1% owns 34% of the wealth, 10% holds 70%. The personal saving rate is now on average -1%. Socially: Today is the 2 nd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (>1,000,000 people were displaced from their homes: majority Afro. Am. and poor). Over 44K people are still living with FEMA assistance – not returned to their homes (same as undergrad population of MSU). Constitutionalism: a set of laws – US constitution; but also a term to include a way of life, conduct including public life, established by institutions. Diseases of the Popular Government The Articles of Confederation preceded the Constitution, which was extremely unstable. It had no executive branch or judiciary. This means that the laws had to be carried out by
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