Rethinking the American Union for the Twenty-First Century

Rethinking the American Union for the Twenty-First Century

by Donald Livingston
     
 

Is the United States simply too big to govern? These essays begin the discussion.

In 2003 Donald Livingston and a group of academics formed the Abbeville Institute, an organization of higher learning dedicated to a scholarly study of what is true and valuable in the Southern tradition. In 2010 the Institute sponsored a conference to focus on "State Nullification,

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Is the United States simply too big to govern? These essays begin the discussion.

In 2003 Donald Livingston and a group of academics formed the Abbeville Institute, an organization of higher learning dedicated to a scholarly study of what is true and valuable in the Southern tradition. In 2010 the Institute sponsored a conference to focus on "State Nullification, Secession and the Human Scale of Political Order." Scholars from across the political spectrum came together to examine the unwieldy political strategy of centralization and the resultant expanding scale of government. This collection of essays grew out of that discourse, providing fresh insights at a time when the nineteenth-century nationalistic language of "one and indivisible" is losing its salience.

Kent Masterson Brown demonstrates that the Constitution ratified in 1789 was, and is, a compact between distinct political societies.
Marshall DeRosa reviews the current revival of states' rights in the Tea Party movement.
Thomas DiLorenzo examines the transformation of a federative constitution grounded in state sovereignty into a nationalist constitution in which the central government defines the limits of its own power through judicial review.
Donald Livingston explores the question of size, scale, and true republican government in historic context.
Yuri Maltsev brings forth the modern secessionist example, discussing in depth the peaceful separation of fifteen states from the Soviet Union and the lessons to be learned by thoughtful Americans.
Kirkpatrick Sale seeks to raise awareness that the republican values of self-government and rule of law cannot exist unless certain conditions of size and scale are satisfied, while questioning what the optimum size should be.
Rob Williams examines secession as it exists today, providing a substantive history of the movement and its introduction into the mainstream discussion of runaway centralization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589809574
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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