Pick Your Poison

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Every once in a while I am asked, “If you had to choose a form of government under which to live, which would it be?” My pat answer is, “A constitutional republic.”

But the real answer is, “It doesn’t matter to me.” Democracy, monarchy . . . I am much more interested in the limits placed on whatever government exists than I am in its structure. My preference for a constitutional republic is nothing more than a fondness for the limits that a strong constitution can impose on power. If similar restraints existed under a monarchy, I would cease to prefer the republic. In short, it doesn’t matter to me if I am oppressed by a king, the masses, an elite group, or an occupying army. Power is power no matter how you dress it up. What matters are the limits.

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