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Restoration of the Republic: The Jeffersonian Ideal in 21st-Century America

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    A Call for the Jeffersonian Republic

    Gary Hart's 'Restoration of the Republic' is a clarion call to arms for the Jeffersonian Republic. Hart calls for a return to the liberal and civic republicanism of the early republic. Hart begins by outlining the challenges facing modern America in the global economy. He shows how a return to Jefferson's 'ward republic' and local self government can usher in more freedom, civic pride, and a commitment to the duties of a citizen. Education, poor relief, militia duty, police forces, are to incorporated into the ward. The ward would be the lowest level of the political system yet be the most effective in serving the public. A 'synthetical' process, as Jefferson called it, would deliniate powers up to the County, State and Federal governments. Hart calls for a return to Jeffersonianism as a way to invigorate the American nation and perpetuate self government among Americans. He uses the ward system as a plan to bring Americans together to cooperate on the their common interests, for the common good. He also shows that Jefferson, the great liberal, did not see citizens as an atom or island in society, but as a free person not only with rights , but duties to his neighbors and fellow citizens. You cannot go wrong with this book. Overall a great buy.

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