Republics have been, until recently, a rare form of government in the annals of history. A few Greek city-states tried it, but they were eventually bled dry by war and then overrun by the armies of an ambitious punk from Macedonia. The Romans were the next to try. History tells us they had a pretty good run, too, before degenerating into empire.
The next efforts came from the Venetians, Swiss, and Dutch. The Venetians were incorporated into the nation-state of Italy (really sorry about that, guys, but sometimes geography just sucks). The Dutch have recently woken up to the fact that they've been absorbed into an amorphous superstate based on bad ideas and even worse leadership. Bummer. Only the gallant Swiss are holding out against the tide. European hillbillies, you gotta love 'em. Bread! Cheese! Ar-15's! Okay, I've had my fun. Let's get down to business.
The Seldon Project is based on the recognition that the American Republic is facing a crisis. The debt crisis alone is enough to pitch us into the abyss. If we go, the rest of the world will follow. And the rest of the world will get hurt a lot worse than we will.
I think the crisis is inevitable, but that's just my opinion. I have no faith in either political party to address the immediate problems much less the systemic problems. Let me state clearly that I'm supporting Mitt Romney for president, but only because he's the least worst option. Barack Obama needs to be retired. Period. End of story. Ciao, baby. Out the door and down the alley with a boot in the spot where the sun don't shine. I'm being flippant again. Sorry.
The Seldon Project will begin with a dialogue. You're invited to participate. I want you to identify one problem we face that has national implications and make your case in the comment thread. The process will then be dialectical. We face a plethora of problems, but I want to narrow the scope to a maximum of five. Once we identify the problems, we can start working on solutions. We have a republic to save; Or, if worse comes to worst, we'll have a republic to restore. Have at it.