Is the American republic built to withstand a malevolent president? | Michael Goldfarb | Opinion | The Guardian https://t.co/AUXcfQ20Rl
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En helt okontrollerbar president i Vita Huset som antagligen kommer att sitta i sju och ett halvt år till, kan den amerikanska republiken verkligen överleva det?
Michael Goldfarb skriver insiktsfullt i the Guardian: Is the American republic built to withstand a malevolent president?>
However, what the madness, abnormality or whatever you want to call it emanating from the White House does draw attention to is the real problem in American politics – the Republicans are no longer a political party but a political faction, a much more dangerous thing.
The danger of factions was recognised at the foundation of the United States. In The Federalist Number 10, a highly influential essay on political theory published in 1787, James Madison defined faction as “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community”.
Madison understood the most dangerous thing that can happen in a society is for a group and its political representatives to act as if their view alone represents the nation. This leads them to think that they alone are the nation and the views of those who disagree with them not worthy of consideration.
Det här knappast något nytt, men Michael Goldfarbs artikel är ändå verkligen värd att läsas i sin helhet.