Monthly Archives: February 2011

Starbucks, Montesquieu and Constitutional Reform #6

So, what was the greatest fear of the Founding Fathers concerning the integrity of the Constitution? These were simpler and more honest times, and The Framers didn’t make much fuss about Democracy when they thought it makes sense to strangle … Continue reading

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Starbucks, Montesquieu and Constitutional Reform #5

The idea of supremacy of the Law (and rather its Spirit, if we remind ourselves the title of the Montesquieu’s grand-work), the Law that lays in the foundation of the world, and respected even by the Divine intelligence, over the … Continue reading

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Starbucks, Montesquieu and Constitutional Reform #4

When discussing needs and ways of constituting the judicial branch of governing power, Montesquieu calls it “terrible” – because this is the one a person feels mostly a threatening and destructive might of the State through. To moderate it as … Continue reading

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Starbucks, Montesquieu and Constitutional Reform #3

When Montesquieu has introduced the idea of channeling the strongest abilities of classes or castes of a society into the branches of governing power, he added a very important twist to the classical political thought. Greek historian Polybius stressed the … Continue reading

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Starbucks, Montesquieu and Constitutional Reform #2

Montesquieu starts his historic overview of the world’s forms of government using examples of ancient Greece, Rome and Persia. In the core of anthropological part of The Spirit of Laws, laying down mechanisms of environmental influences directly on psychology and … Continue reading

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Starbucks, Montesquieu and Constitutional Reform #1

One of the political sentiments, which served well the Conservative Right that managed to reshape the Congressional landscape in last year mid-term elections, was the appeal to the Founding Fathers legacy, Revolutionary rhetoric and pledge to rediscover and to come … Continue reading

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