Bradley Center Commissioned Essay
May 14, 2008
by John Fonte
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In the coming years of the twenty-first century the ideology, institutions, and forces of "global governance" will directly challenge the legitimacy and authority of the liberal democratic nation-state and American constitutional sovereignty. What is this ideology, what are these institutions and forces, and how do they challenge liberal democracy and American sovereignty? To begin to examine these issues let us start with the primary questions of politics.
Who governs? To whom is political authority responsible? How are rulers chosen? How are rulers replaced? How is the power of rulers limited? How are laws made? How can bad laws be changed? These are the perennial questions of politics. As Plato and Aristotle inquired: what is the "best regime"?
In this first decade of the twenty-first century, has the question of what is the best regime been settled? For many throughout the developed world the answer is yes. Liberal democracy, that hybrid combination of liberalism and democracy, is the"best regime."
John Fonte is a Senior Fellow and Director of Hudson's Center for American Common Culture.
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