On principle, I do not use The Hannibal Blog to advertise my articles in The Economist, but my piece in the new issue does fit into one of my running threads: ‘the freedom lover’s critique of America‘.
The piece is about “the ungovernable state”–this being California. Consider it a case study that grew out of my thoughts here.
In it, I have fun chronicling the dysfunction, and in the process touch on several themes that I’ve mentioned on this blog before, such as:
- the surprisingly complicated and often paradoxical relationship between democracy and freedom,
- the need to restore the balanced constitution that the ancients and our founding fathers envisioned, and
- the devastating effects of complexity per se.
My conclusion: I endorse wholeheartedly the growing movement for a Constitutional Convention, which would throw out that ungainly tome and start from scratch to create something clean, elegant and simple.