“Representation Nation: It’s About Representation” essay

June 19, 2010 at 11:07 am (politics)

Representation Nation: It’s About Representation
by Nathan Jaco

Warning: This is really rather abstract. It is much
less concrete than most of my other public writings.
If you are uncomfortable with that or just find
discussions of that nature uninteresting, do yourself
a favor and keep it moving. I hope to apply what I’ve
written here to some specific examples. In fact I
have a few in mind.

Our politics is quite a complicated affair, or rather
collection of affairs. But we are a republic. Perhaps
less controversial is the statement that it was
intended upon our foundation by a significant
coalition that we should become and remain a
republic. If you will permit me a bit of histrionics
(as if you had a choice) we are The Republic. But how
do we talk about being citizens of any republican
form of government in a coherent way where we can
assume a fairly robust intersection of mutual knowledge.

You can view the rest of this excellent digestion of America’s political system, including my response, right here:http://docs.google.com/View?id=dzvhv8v_3892dd3d2bg7.

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