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Democracy at the Crossroads: Princes, Peasants, Poets and Presidents in the Struggle for (and against) the Rule of Law

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Some were warriors. Some were lawyers, some historians, some moved by an inner passion so great that they appeared to move against kingly power like moths to the flame, risking, and often giving, their lives. They wrote, cajoled, and sometimes cried out for all to hear that the law is above the king.

This fascinating treatise examines how Western ideals of democracy have evolved and emerged through the ages and across continents. Craig S. Barnes shares the inspiring stories of a...

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Overview

Some were warriors. Some were lawyers, some historians, some moved by an inner passion so great that they appeared to move against kingly power like moths to the flame, risking, and often giving, their lives. They wrote, cajoled, and sometimes cried out for all to hear that the law is above the king.

This fascinating treatise examines how Western ideals of democracy have evolved and emerged through the ages and across continents. Craig S. Barnes shares the inspiring stories of a diverse group of men and women (whether they be leaders, poets, or peasants) who pioneered due process, habeas corpus, and the balance of powers. Exploring the premise that "democracy is not a given in social evolution," Barnes contrasts the heroic figures of history to those in recent administrations who he argues have ignored the precious nature of our inheritance and have placed democracy at risk. Democracy at the Crossroads is a stirring reminder of the fragility of our rule of law and the need for vigilant protection of our hard-won liberties.

Craig S. Barnes began his career as a public interest lawyer dealing with women's rights and the environment. He was also active in politics and civil rights, running for Congress in Denver as a peace candidate in 1970. He is the author of Growing Up True and In Search of the Lost Feminine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555917265
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Speaker's Corner Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Craig Barnes began his career as a public interest lawyer dealing with women's rights and the environment. He was also active in politics and civil rights, running for Congress in Denver as a peace candidate in 1970.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

Prologue: John Cooke Indicts His Majesty the King xix

I A Pocket History of the Rule of Law

1 The Long Life of Lying 1

2 The Short Life of an Honest Man in Rome 5

3 The Miserable Life of a Peudal King 9

4 The Half-life of Feudalism and the Birth of Law 19

5 Poets as Midwives 27

6 The Cradle Century 39

7 A Rebel Even a King Would Save 51

8 Unparalleled Courage, Fraud, and Revolution 57

9 The Birth of a Republic 73

II Rebirth of the Feudal Mind in the United States

10 To Suspend the Law, Again 85

11 Special Courts, Again 101

12 War Privileges, Again 113

13 The Law of Nations Ignored 123

14 While Congress Slept 133

15 Today's Tug-of-War 137

III American Values Deeper than Capitalism, Deeper than Law

16 Beyond the Eternal Order of Lying 149

17 Beyond pure Self-Interest 155

18 Beyond the Sword 167

19 Beyond the Easy Lie 177

20 Beyond Bribery 185

IV An Age Ends

21 Finding Direction in a Time of Chaos 197

22 Democracy at the Crossroads 207

Notes 217

Index 233

About the Author 243

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