The Demise of Congressional Deliberation: Willmoore Kendall

By |2019-03-26T15:38:54-06:00March 22nd, 2013|Categories: Congress, Federalist Papers, Politics, Presidency, Willmoore Kendall|Tags: , |

The one teaching of Willmoore Kendall's toward which all his early thought tended and from which radiated all his later thought was this: America's vindication of the capacity of men for self-government rests upon its devotion to the idea of a virtuous people, under God, determining national policy by the deliberations of a supreme legislature [...]

Why Congress Doesn’t Work: Undermining Self-governance

By |2019-06-11T16:09:09-06:00October 15th, 2012|Categories: Congress, Politics|Tags: , |

Faced with a complex, hard-to-solve problem, there is a natural human tendency to solve a much simpler, easier one instead. Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, dubs this cognitive process “substitution.” We know our political system is broken. The signs are everywhere: knee-jerk partisanship, massive debts and unfunded liabilities, [...]