Ides of March Lecture Series
Are the rapidly expanding powers of our central government and the accompanying political demagoguery the enemies of democracy? Or are they the effects of it? The political history of the modern age offers an abundance of governments “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” which have devolved into tyranny. Is our erstwhile republic irretrievably bound for despotism? What is the proper response of citizens when rulers grossly overstep their authority?
Statesmen from Cicero to Calhoun knew what a mob in the hands of a demagogue would do to a free society. How much longer can we ignore their counsel?
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