From Republic to Democracy to Kakistocracy

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Gary M Galles

“At the end of the Constitutional Convention, when Benjamin Franklin was asked what form of government the delegates had given America, he said, ‘A Republic, if you can keep it.’ That answer, from a still-esteemed Founder, is particularly noteworthy in our current political environment. Praise is heaped on democracy, while almost no one uses the word republic anymore, much less how a republic is different from a democracy and can, in fact, be over-ridden by its democratic elements. Further, as Leonard Read warned us about almost a half century ago, the differences have turned our democracy into a kakistocracy.” (07/25/22)