Some Uncle Noam for the soul…

…and or brain…with some related links thrown in-

Chomsky Videos:

Abstract: The framers designed a constitutional system in which the government would play a vigorous role in securing the liberty and well-being of a large and diverse population. They built a political system around a number of key elements, including debate and deliberation, divided powers competing with one another, regular order in the legislative process, and avenues to limit and punish corruption. America in recent years has struggled to adhere to each of these principles, leading to a crisis of governability and legitimacy. The roots of this problem are twofold. The ½rst is a serious mismatch between our political parties, which have become as polarized and vehemently adversarial as parliamentary parties, and a separation-of-powers governing system that makes it extremely dif½cult for majorities to act. The second is the asymmetric character of the polarization. The Republican Party has become a radical insurgency–ideologically extreme, scornful of facts and compromise, and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. Securing the common good in the face of these developments will require structural changes but also an informed and strategically focused citizenry.

“[It] will be equally forgotten that the vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty; that, in the contemplation of a sound and well-informed judgment, their interests can never be separated; and that a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidding appearance of zeal for the ½rmness and ef½ciency of government.” -Alexander Hamilt6on, Fed. 1-

Avenues to limit and punish corruption. Public con½dence in the actions of government–a sense that the processes and decisions reflect fairness and enhance the common good–demands that the cancer of corruption be avoided or at least constrained. If small groups of special interests or wealthy individuals can skew decisions in their favor, it will breed cynicism and destroy governmental legitimacy. Thus, it is necessary to ½nd ways to constrain the role of money in campaigns, to build transparency around campaign ½nance and lobbying, to discourage “old boy networks” and revolving doors, to investigate and prosecute bribery, and to impeach and remove government of½cials who commit high crimes and misdemeanors, which include corrupt behavior. -Mann/Orstein-

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