The American Founders wanted to build a republic that would endure, but history warned them that republics are fragile and short-lived. They concluded that size was a factor. Rome, for example, lost its republican institutions as it expanded.
The Founders’ solution was brilliant. A large, continental nation could not be a republic, but it could be a federation of republics. The result was phenomenally successful.
Sadly, the temptation to centralize and bureaucratize has been indulged m…
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