Utopian fantasies vs. a better world
What happened to the Republic? Democracy happened
By Jon Rappoport
When you come to the subject of who should fix things, the
government or private individuals, you could throw up your hands
and confess that neither choice works, in which case youre left
with a terminal disease, and a fine excuse for doing nothing; or
you could refer back to the principles of the Republic, and
understand why the Founders put chains on government, and you might
a find a clue for navigating out of the maze. (The Underground, Jon
This piece is for anyone who can understand itbut its also for
THE ENTREPRENEUR, who in his soul wants to do something large and
bright and radical and successful, to turn the tide of human
affairs in an enormously good direction and, yes, still make a
And no, the universe doesnt rule out those two motives existing
side by side.
The United States was created as a Republic.
That meant severely limited central government.
Because the Founders knew the long experience of Europe:
overarching tyrannies; bloated kings emboldened with the doctrine
of divine right to rule; theocracies; gigantic theft of land;
force, coercion; slavery.
The new 18th century American central government, through
enumerated powers and checks and balances, had to be limited and
On that basis, individual freedom would be maximized.
That was the whole point of a Republic.
The individual would be free to do whatever he wanted to, as
long as he didnt interfere with the life and liberty of others.
INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMTHE HALLMARK OF A REPUBLIC.
However, in order for a Republic to have a chance of success,
the population would have to remain small. A Republic is not for an
enormous population. The people are too remote from the federal
center of power.
And there needed to be a population of moral people, who
understood basic rights and wrongs, beyond legislation and law.
As the American population swelled, there should have been many
Republics founded on this continent. Unfortunately, that never
Instead, men in and around central government conspired to
multiply their own power through a variety of means, thus creating
monopolies of great strength, in government and business and
And gradually, these men and their descendants came to see they
could foist a grand illusion on the people: they could promote the
idea that the peoples wishes were paramount and should be served at
Thus arrived D...