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  •  Notice that's a purely structural definition: (2+ / 0-)
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    it ignores the question of whether that "constitutional compound republic" represents broadly democratic or narrowly oligarchic interests.

    The 16th-17th century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was a compound republic, but only the szlachta (about 9% of the peopulation were enfranchised and represented in the Diet and provinicial dietines. Most of the remaining 90% were serfs.

    The Roman Republic remained an oligarchy dominated by the patricianate (a few dozen families of the hereditary Senatorial order) and sometimes further degenerated into military dictatorships of consuls (Sulla, Pompey, Caesar) wielding the imperium. Through all that its elites still insisted it was a Republic.

    Notice also that the Teabagger Right is coming around to the idea that direct election of Senators is a "bad idea," and others are suggesting there should be a property qualification for the right to vote since only property-holders could have a "stake" in the political order.

    •  As someone who grew up in (0+ / 0-)

      proto-Tea Party circles (Religious Right/Oil & MIC, Deep South, Civil Rights/Vietnam era) and heard it all behind closed doors, I can tell you that re-limiting the franchise has been the goal all along. They are only "coming around to it" in that they think this is finally the time to strike. Consider Walker Percy's 1971 novel Love In The Ruins, where in a dystopian future America the right-wing American Catholic Church (whose "Rome" is Cicero, Illinois!) celebrates "Property Rights Sunday."

      Then let us learn our range: we are something but we are not everything - Pascal

      by jlb1972 on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 04:32:03 AM PST

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